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I was making some tomato meat sauce this evening with Contadina tomato paste and a bunch of spices and herbs. I was thinking that I could somehow make some tomato soup out of Contadina tomato paste and water and some other things. I really miss tomato soup!

Does anyone have any good soup recipes or an idea for my tomato soup. I would prefer a soup without a boxed broth b/c I have a yeast and MSG allergy and most boxed broths have these.

Also on the subject of tomato paste..Do brand make a difference. I have been buying Contadina b/c the only ingredient is tomatoes. Can't beat that! Are some thicker than others or are they pretty much all the same.

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I was making some tomato meat sauce this evening with Contadina tomato paste and a bunch of spices and herbs. I was thinking that I could somehow make some tomato soup out of Contadina tomato paste and water and some other things. I really miss tomato soup!

Does anyone have any good soup recipes or an idea for my tomato soup. I would prefer a soup without a boxed broth b/c I have a yeast and MSG allergy and most boxed broths have these.

Also on the subject of tomato paste..Do brand make a difference. I have been buying Contadina b/c the only ingredient is tomatoes. Can't beat that! Are some thicker than others or are they pretty much all the same.

Can't really help on the soup part of the question because I never really enjoyed soups. but as far as tomato paste I have never noticed a big difference in the brands I have used when it comes to thickness, but I have noticed a big difference in acidity. Contadina isn't very acidic and I have found that Hunt's isn't either.

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Man, I love making soups! Made a delicious tomato soup last week, actually. SO easy but packed with flavour. When making soups and other things one of my favourite ways to extract flavour is to roast them. I cannot imagine not roasting veg for soup, actually. All I did was split 8 Roma tomatoes lengthwise, tossed in several cloves of garlic, a quartered onion, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh thyme and rosemary, S&P and a touch of granulated sugar and roasted in a slow oven (325) for about an hour. All you do is allow to cool for about 10 minutes then process in your food processor or blender. You can add a bit of tomato paste for more tomato flavour and some water or even tomato juice if you want to thin it out a bit. Voila! That is it. Sometimes I add lentils and such but if you want a simple tomato soup, this is it.

In addition to the cans, I like to purchase tomato paste in tubes as they are so convenient. I use tomato paste often as I make my own ketchups, barbecue sauces, rose sauces, etc.

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Can't really help on the soup part of the question because I never really enjoyed soups. but as far as tomato paste I have never noticed a big difference in the brands I have used when it comes to thickness, but I have noticed a big difference in acidity. Contadina isn't very acidic and I have found that Hunt's isn't either.

Thanks. I have never tried Hunts. Contadina may be less acidic because it says it is made from roma tomatoes. Maybe they have less acid. There are only a few brands of tomato paste to choose from.

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Man, I love making soups! Made a delicious tomato soup last week, actually. SO easy but packed with flavour. When making soups and other things one of my favourite ways to extract flavour is to roast them. I cannot imagine not roasting veg for soup, actually. All I did was split 8 Roma tomatoes lengthwise, tossed in several cloves of garlic, a quartered onion, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh thyme and rosemary, S&P and a touch of granulated sugar and roasted in a slow oven (325) for about an hour. All you do is allow to cool for about 10 minutes then process in your food processor or blender. You can add a bit of tomato paste for more tomato flavour and some water or even tomato juice if you want to thin it out a bit. Voila! That is it. Sometimes I add lentils and such but if you want a simple tomato soup, this is it.

In addition to the cans, I like to purchase tomato paste in tubes as they are so convenient. I use tomato paste often as I make my own ketchups, barbecue sauces, rose sauces, etc.

That sounds so good! I will have to try that for my tomato soup. I live in a tiny rural town. They don't sell tomato paste in tubes. lol! I have seen them on TV though. :lol:

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That sounds so good! I will have to try that for my tomato soup. I live in a tiny rural town. They don't sell tomato paste in tubes. lol! I have seen them on TV though. :lol:

I know what you mean. When we drive to the city to pick up the tubes it is a 3-hour drive so we stock up.

I hope you get a chance to try this soup! Embarassingly simple but the tomato flavour really shines, especially with Roma tomatoes as they are the best variety available in Winter (out of a meagre selection).

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I moved out to the country and the pickings at the grocery stores are miserable! I was ordering a lot of stuff on that on-line store that shall not be named. I offered to try out some recipes for someone here's cookbook. I was soo embarassed, it was taking forever to locate ingredients. I don't think I helped her out at all. I was stuck substituting about half the ingredients. (can you even consider that "following" the recipe?)

I was just in the store (big midwestern chain) and bought the last 8 decent Roma tomatoes. I wanted to buy 20.

Lets keep putting together some soup recipes! God only knows if I will be able to find the ingredients, but I sure want to try.

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I moved out to the country and the pickings at the grocery stores are miserable! I was ordering a lot of stuff on that on-line store that shall not be named. I offered to try out some recipes for someone here's cookbook. I was soo embarassed, it was taking forever to locate ingredients. I don't think I helped her out at all. I was stuck substituting about half the ingredients. (can you even consider that "following" the recipe?)

I was just in the store (big midwestern chain) and bought the last 8 decent Roma tomatoes. I wanted to buy 20.

Lets keep putting together some soup recipes! God only knows if I will be able to find the ingredients, but I sure want to try.

Are you looking for soup ideas other than tomato? If so, I literally have hundreds. Some favourites include:

Roasted Pear, Apple and Parsnip with Stilton

Roasted Butternut Squash and Maple Syrup with Pepitas

Roasted Carrot and Cumin Drizzled with Spiced Oil

Spicy Tomato with Blue Cheese

Wild Rice with Maple Syrup

Watermelon Feta Gazpacho

Creamy Asparagus with Mint

Roasted Poblano and Potato

Creamy Wild Mushroom with Thyme Parmesan Crisps

Spring Pea with Chive Oil and Peppered Creme Fraiche

Vichyssoise

Carrot and Yam with Lime and Spices

Potato and Pancetta (or bacon) with Bacon Marmalade

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato

Cheeseburger

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple and Smoked Cheddar

Baked Potato and Leek with Bacon

Smoky Chipotle Chili Corn Chowder

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Best to keep the choices simple for my children's palates. ;)

Don't get me started about trying to find creme fraiche! Had to drive 50 minutes one-way to get to the store to buy it. :rolleyes:

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Best to keep the choices simple for my children's palates. ;)

Don't get me started about trying to find creme fraiche! Had to drive 50 minutes one-way to get to the store to buy it. :rolleyes:

Oops - sorry! We do not have kids and I need to be more mindful of posting recipes for those who do.

My nearest creme fraiche is 3 hours away so I make my own. Very simple and far cheaper!

http://www.marthastewart.com/343694/homemade-creme-fraiche

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ohhh. that you for the home made creme fraiche tip!

I think the roasted red pepper tomato soup, potato soup could fit into my kids palate. My daughter has Eosinophilic Esophagitus too and we have an even more allergens to avoid. Oddest thing is peas!!? She has a harder time with higher proteins. :huh:

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I keep a plastic container in the freezer for left-over little dabs of vegetables. Mostly I will add peas, green beans, corn, onions and tomatoes. Potatoes , asparagus and broccoli work well also. Then when I make soup, I start with a liquid such as chicken or beef or vegetable stock. Add meat if I want it and the contents of the "soup box". Makes great soup every time.

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A really easy tomato soup from Martha Stewart:

http://www.marthastewart.com/343299/creamy-tomato-soup

This takes just a few minutes and uses very basic ingredients. (I use vegetable stock, and not chicken stock.) Highly recommended!

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Also, it's really easy to make your own vegetable stock (I swear!). And also healthier, better tasting, cheaper ...

There are many tutorials online.

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Oh man, I used to love vichyssoise soup, it was one of my favourites to make. :(

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Oh man, I used to love vichyssoise soup, it was one of my favourites to make. :(

It has always been one of my favourites. I am so sorry you can no longer have it. <_<

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