During summer when my tomatoes are coming out of ears, I make sure to make a batch of this soup base and store it in the freezer. Its perfect to thaw and either use in the crockpot or on the stove top for a meal in minutes.
Its' the perfect base for making: Creamy Tomato Soup, Minestrone, Chili, Kielbasa & Bean soup and much more!
If you don't grow your own tomatoes but have friends and coworkers that share theirs, this is worth saving those tomatoes for and make this with them!
Today I am using mine to make Roasted Tomato Soup to store in my freezer but it can be stored as is and used later this fall for any soup you want:
Master Mix: Freezer Soup Base:
Makes approx. 3 quarts
15 large tomatoes (about 5 lbs)
8 cloves garlic
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Oil
1 large onion chopped
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt.
4 cups Broth: Beef, Chicken, or Vegetable
Optional: add ins: Diced carrots, green peppers, diced celery
Preheat oven to 400°
Cut tomatoes into quarters and scoop out seeds (discard seeds)
Place tomatoes on baking sheet.
Sprinkle minced garlic over tomatoes.
Drizzle 1/4 cup oil over tomatoes and toss tomatoes to mix well.
Remove skins from tomatoes, and lightly crush tomatoes with your hands.
the pan of tomatoes (just dump it liquid and all)
water, salt, broth and any optional vegetables.
Turn down heat and slow simmer 30-45 minutes till vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat. Let cool 5 minutes.
Store in freezer safe containers.
Store in freezer, use within 3 months.
To Use Soup Base:
Soup Mix In Options:
Use in your favorite Chili, Stew, or Soup Recipe or:
To use soup master mix warm up 1 quart, and add in your favorite soup ingredients:
Small Ditalinli pasta (or other small pasta)
Quick cooking Barley
Beans: Cannellini, Kidney, Black, etc.
Cooked and crumbled hamburger, or sausage. (or diced brats)
Leftover diced ham, chicken or beef.
Vegetables: (If you didn't add them to your base or in addition to )
Lima (Butter) Beans
Endless options here!
Seasonings: (depending on the type of soup you are making. You may not want any add'l seasoing)
Beef or Chicken Bouillon
Red pepper flakes
Click here for my Roasted Creamy Tomato Soup recipe!
What would you add in ?