I wanted to adapt a tomato soup recipe but it started with the words “Melt a stick of butter” which gave me pause. I am not opposed to foods containing an entire stick of butter but I generally see them as more special occasion and less vegetarian lunch.

Then I read the ingredients on the yummy but frightfully expensive vegan tomato soup that I had and realized that it would require chopping, sauteing and pulverizing several veggies. It looked delicious but too time consuming.

This, on the other hand takes about 1 minute longer than preparing soup from condensed. Its even better the next day when the basil works its way in. You can add more garlic powder if you like a more onion flavored soup or more sugar if it is still too acid (unfortunately that depends a lot on the tomatoes).

Eden Organics pledges to test for BPA in their cans and to be BPA free. Canned tomatoes, due to their acidity, leach a lot of BPA out of the cans, so I pretty much only use the Eden Organics brand. If another manufacturer wants to step up to the plate and test their containers, I will give them a good look too. For now, if I have to use a can, I am brand loyal.

BPA has been banned in baby products in most civilized countries. China just banned it recently.

1 25 oz jar (a 28 oz can will also work) of Eden Organics crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp salt

One medium sized pot
Measuring cups and spoons
One large spoon for stirring soup

Put all ingredients in a pot.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat
Serves 4.

I prefer the amber glass jar for my tomatoes for many reasons, but if you cannot find it locally, you can order the tomatoes by the case on Amazon. (I use them in many recipes). The price is currently a shade under $30 for the case or about $2.50 per 14 ounce can. You will need 2 cans if using those.

You can order them at the link below