Sunday, October 17, 2010
We all have those days. I've had a lot of them lately ... mostly due to the fact that it just rained here continuously for about 2 weeks. I know, all you out there living in Vancouver or Seattle or Portland - who am I to complain? Brisbane gets 300+ sunny days a year! (and yes, now I'm bragging ... )
But when I lived in Vancouver, I didn't have a 3 year old. And the rain wasn't of the torrential tropical variety. It makes a big difference, trust me.
So we've had a bit of cabin fever, necessitating a bit more TV than I'm comfortable with ... and new thrift-shop toys coming out of the closet before I'd planned ... but we've survived. And in part - thanks to this soup.
There's something about cold, rainy days that makes me want tomato soup. I'm sure it's because I got a lot of it as a kid - with grilled cheese, of course. But I don't usually stock cans of soup ... and on one particular day when my craving was undeniable there no way was I bundling Nelle up and driving through the pouring rain to the supermarket. I did, however, have passata.
Hence, Emergency Tomato Soup was born.
15 min prep + cooking time
1 800 mL jar organic passata
400 mL water (that's half the jar)
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp sea salt
a few basil leaves, torn
1 Tbs sour cream
a palm-ful of parmesan or pecorino for sprinkling on top
1. Combine all the ingredients except for the basil, sour cream and cheese in a saucepan and warm over med heat until hot. Add the basil and sour cream.
2. Serve up, with grilled cheese or simply warm bread with butter. Sprinkle each portion of soup with cheese. Enjoy!
Jars of passata are on sale right now at one of my fave organic shops - for $2.49. So it's a terrific time to STOCK UP! Passata is a fail-safe to have around the house for near-instant meals. I prefer it to tinned tomatoes, though it's essentially just unadulterated tomato puree. But it comes in glass jars that are great for storage.
I grew the basil, and the rest of the ingredients probably came to $2 - that cheese can be expensive sometimes. We'll say my soup came to $4.50 or so, for 100% organic tomato soup.
Where, are you wondering, is the thrifted dish? Well, my mother in law talked me into buying these ones, featured above with soup (temporarily) in them. I love them. They're oven-safe, with a touch of classic-rustic to them. Is that even a style? Probably not, but it's the combination I like best!
So bundle up, turn on the fireplace (if you've got one) and make some soup. Oh, and check out some other great thrifty finds!