Tomato Soup with Hidden Veggies for Canned Food Week

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 25 mins, Total Time: 30 mins

April 16, 2015

Eat Your Veg | Hidden Veggie Tomato Soup

I cook a good deal with canned food. Virtually every day I’d say, and my cupboards are certainly testament to that. There’s always chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, cannellini and kidney beans, lentils and coconut milk, my tinned store heroes. Not forgetting tuna and baked beans for The Monsters of course. What canned foods do you have in?

unnamedDid you know it was Canned Food Week recently, between 30th March and 5th April actually. It was set up to celebrate the value, ease and convenience of cooking with canned foods. To coincide with the week Canned Food UK launched a series of recipes, including some from James Martin. Together with celebrity nutritionalist Amanda Hamilton they have also handily developed several healthy eating plans. James’s videos can be watched on the Canned Food UK You Tube Channel.

I was asked to take part in the week and got to make a very tasty Tomato Soup with Hidden IMG_1157Vegetables. Who’d have thought a soup made with tinned chopped tomatoes could be so delish? Choca full of so many hidden veggies it’s an incredibly healthy recipe too. Tommie Soup being one of their favourite soups, The Monsters each polished off two bowls in rapid succession and have already requested it be made again. Result. And a cinch to make result at that. Cheap too. The recipe is featured as part of Canned Food’s healthy eating plan ‘For Your Small Army’ which is tailored especially to those with young children, the plan is downloadable here.  The plan has plenty of interesting and useful healthy eating tips, my favourite being: ‘don’t polish off the kids’ leftovers. This is a fast-track to weight gain for parents’, yep I’m totally guilty of that one!. Plus of course a wealth of scrumptious sounding family-friendly recipes that feature canned foods including Fun Fish Cakes with Vegetable Mash, Spanish Style Tortilla and Breakfast Fruit & Cereal Crumble.

Eat Your Veg | Tomato Soup for Canned Food Week

The Good Stuff:

Onion, Garlic, Tomatoes, Celery, Carros, Courgette, Tomatoes

Great For:

Weaning babies (use baby no salt stock), Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Hiding Veggies, Family Lunches or Dinners.

Special Equipment:

A hand held stick blender, food processor or jug blender.

Tomato Soup with Hidden Veggies for Canned Food Week

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 25 mins, Total Time: 30 mins

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced
2 sticks celery, sliced
2 carrots, scrubbed and sliced
1 courgette, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 litre vegetable stock

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, courgettes and oregano. Fry for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in canned tomatoes and allow to cook for 2 minutes, continually stirring.
3. Stir in the stock, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, partially covering saucepan with a lid.
4. Remove from heat then blitz with blender until smooth.
5. Serve immediately.

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4 thoughts on “Tomato Soup with Hidden Veggies for Canned Food Week

  1. Choclette

    That sounds like my kind of tomato soup Lou, full of veggies and flavour. I really enjoyed participateing in Canned Food Week and the recipe I made was so successful I’ve made various versions of it a few times since.

  2. Janice

    I make a similar soup, it is so good. There is something about the sweetness of the carrots that takes away the acidity of the tomatoes. And most kids love tomato soup.



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