9/7/14

Master Mix: Soup Base

Making and freezing containers of this Soup Base will give you all the homemade slow cooked goodness of from scratch soup, with the speed of a quick, convenience meal all wrapped into one.

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

Ingredients:
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


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°
Cut tomatoes into quarters and scoop out seeds (discard seeds)


Mince garlic.
Place tomatoes on baking sheet.
Sprinkle minced garlic over tomatoes.
Drizzle 1/4 cup oil over tomatoes and toss tomatoes to mix well.
Bake 15-20 minutes till tomatoes are soft and roasted.
Let cool slightly.
Remove skins from tomatoes, and lightly crush tomatoes with your hands.

In large sauce pan add 2 Tablespoons oil and onions. Saute over medium heat till soft.
Add in to  pot:
the pan of tomatoes (just dump it liquid and all)
water, salt, broth and any optional vegetables.
Bring to a boil.
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.


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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:

Grains/Pastas
Cooked rice
Small Ditalinli pasta (or other small pasta)
Quick cooking Barley
Cooked Quinoa

Proteins:
Beans: Cannellini, Kidney, Black, etc.
Diced Kielbasa
Cooked and crumbled hamburger, or sausage. (or diced brats)
Leftover diced ham, chicken or beef.
Stew meat.

Vegetables: (If you didn't add them to your base or in addition to )
Carrots
Celery
Corn
Green Beans
Lima (Butter) Beans
Endless options here!

Seasonings: (depending on the type of soup you are making. You may not want any add'l seasoing)
Chili Seasonings
Italian Seasoning
Beef or Chicken Bouillon
Red pepper flakes

Click here for my Roasted Creamy Tomato Soup recipe!
What would you add in ?


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