Mmmm mmmm good.

Sunday, October 19, 2008
All this talk of veggies and vegans made me hungry. A few months ago I bought myself of Veganomicon but had yet to make anything from it. So...out it came. My first attempt at recreating one of their recipes was the Creamy Tomato Soup (p.148). As it's a vegan cookbook, the "creamy" portion of the soup comes from potatoes so no worries about dairy.

The recipe is super simple and is ready in about 30-35 minutes including prep time. Fast and filling. My verdict? Pretty tasty although I didn't give it enough time in the blender. And I would skip the thyme next time as I don't particularly enjoy it. Sure I only put in a small dash but I find it's an herb that's quite overpowering. I'd also use more garlic. Tomatoes simply just cry out for garlic. As usual I didn't follow the recipe exactly - it said it served 8 so I halved the recipe but that was still way too much. Unless you're a family of four and having soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I now have enough soup to last for the next 4 or 5 meals. One other thing, my soup is uber hot spicy. You use canned tomatoes and sundried tomatoes. Actual dried ones, not the ones packed in oil but since that's what I had ... it's what I went with. I failed to realize that they were not only packed in oil but herbs/spices as well and added dried red pepper flakes to the soup. Oh yeah. Spiiiiiiiiiicey.

Will I make it again? You betcha. Minus the thyme. And I might have to invite a couple of people over.... I highly recommend it.


Candy Minx said...

This sounds delicious! I love tomato soup.

I'd have to substutute the potates with cream though...potatoes are too fattening for me and sugary.

I love it that you can used sun dried tomatoes...and yours had spices...I can just imagine the taste from here! YUM!

Do you pack a lunch? This sounds like you could freeze it in small containers and take with a sald to work...? (I make soups for Stagg's lunch thats why I ask, an awesome way to save money)

Wandering Coyote said...

Candy beat me to it, but I was going to suggest freezing as well. Super easy to do and you can just thaw it out when you want to eat it. I reuse plastic containers I get other stuff in and freeze meals in single portions. You can also just throw it in a freezer bag.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I may have to pick that cook book up soon.

tweetey30 said...

Not a vegatarian but hey this does sound good. I like tomato soup too but never made it from scratch.. Always bought the canned stuff..

Sheamus the... said...

i have been eating a lot less meet and experimenting a bit with the world of veganology. I think my max is two weeks with no meat... But then my mom made her famous London Broil for my birthday. ha...

Captain Karen said...

Candy and WC: I went ahead and froze two small servings of the soup for eating later. Hopefully, it'll taste just as yummy as it did fresh. This is my first bottle of sundried tomatoes and I LOVE them. I also added them to a penne alfredo I make and it was deliciously spicy. Definately try them!

Dr. M.: although it's the only thing I've made so far from the cookbook, I've heard nothing but great reviews. I've got a number of recipes flagged to try. And I'm sure you can adjust any of the dishes to include meat if you desire (or like me, don't like tofu, seitan, or soy).

Tweets: I'll only go back to canned now when I'm sick. This was far better and so easy!

Shea: I go through stages where just the thought of eating meat makes me feel ill. And your two weeks is about the same amount of time I usually go without it before getting the urge to dig in once again. I've always loved veggies though ... except the dreaded mushroom, reviled olive, and the disgusting lima bean.

sp said...

Mmm it sounds so good. I'll have to try that one. Spicy would be delicious.

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