Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No Campbell's Here

It's that time of year here, when you think winter is NEVER going to end, when there is a dearth of sunshine, and grey is the dominant colour.

Yesterday I fought back with tomato soup. Not the Campbell's stuff out of a can, but the next best thing to sunshine in a bowl--homemade tomato soup. I've been making this recipe for years, and don't even know its origins. Here it is:

Tomato Soup

1 small onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 28-oz can tomatoes (no salt), with liquid
2 ½ tsp sugar
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp unbleached flour
2 c water

Place onion, tomatoes, celery, sugar, paprika, basil, pepper, and salt in a large pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, stir the flour into the oil over low heat. Add the water with a whisk and stir over medium/high heat until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
Add the oil/flour/water mixture to the tomato mixture and, using a hand blender, puree until smooth.


  1. Sounds yummy and lower sodium than canned, I'm sure!

  2. Thanks so much for the recipe. I can't wait to try it, as tomato soup is my most favorite comfort food.

    About the "hitchhiker" scarf.. I'm very tempted, but wondering about the skill level required. Would you consider it intermediate or advanced?

    Thanks for sharing your recipes, pictures and knitting advice.


    1. Gaile,
      Believe it or not, the hitchhiker scarf is almost a beginner level pattern. Ridiculously simple--one of those patterns where you get a lot of bang for very little effort.

  3. Soup sounds delicious. I'm going to try it. We seem to have finally got winter - snow, blowing, bad driving conditions. Better late than never I suppose.

    Love the photo of Isabel in the vest. She looks terrific.

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe but my mind went somewhere completely different when I saw that title. There is an in in Glencoe, Scotland with a sign "no hawkers or Campbells" it relates to a historic massacre ...