January is National Soup Month, and no, I don’t know by whose decree…but this cold month seems like an appropriate time to be making soup!
We eat soup about once a week – more if I’m short on ideas! .
I used to be a big fan of the mmmm-good tomato soup. But several years ago, I realized it uses high fructose corn syrup, so I had to cease and desist as we moved to a clean eating diet!
Alas, gone were the cozy Sunday nights of tomato soup and grilled cheese. And I never tried to make my own tomato soup! Until now!
Today’s recipe was adapted mostly from Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean cookbook, and also from a lot of frantic texts to my sister about why my soup didn’t taste tomato-y enough! (Turns out – I went a little too crazy on the added veggies!).
And then… I decided to add spinach and navy beans in honor of Popeye, lover of spinach! Just for fun! And I caught myself singing, “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!” much to the confusion of my son!
Here’s how to make this hearty tomato soup yourself:
Spinach Tomato Soup Recipe
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato juice
- 2 T. tomato paste
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 small celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (because I had some leftover from making baby food in the freezer and needed to get rid of it!)
- 1 small onion (I used a handful of Cippolini I had on hand), chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 chicken bouillion cubes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh spinach
- 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
- Saute carrots, celery, onions, and garlic in olive oil for about five minutes.
- Tomatoes, juice, paste, chicken broth and boullion.
- Cook through until carrots are softened.
- Puree. Add mashed sweet potatoes (or if you have uncooked sweet potatoes, add them in the first step).
- Add more broth if too thick.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
To serve: place a small handful of spinach leaves in the bottom of bowl. Ladle in piping hot tomato soup. Top with a heaping spoon of navy beans. Allow to sit a moment for the spinach leaves to wilt. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite soup recipe!?