How to Make Tomato Paste into Tomato Soup
Have you ever wondered what in the heck to do with those tomato paste cans you have piling up?! If you are like me, you buy them for some extravagant recipe you are going to make, but end up using the other ingredients because you are really too lazy to make it.
And, what do you do with that tomato paste that is left over?! Seriously, tomato paste is like the worst tasting tomato anything. It’s thick, bitter, and tomatoey. I don’t know how to use that crap!
So, I'm sitting here not wanting to go the store, yet have pretty much nothing but tomato paste in my cupboards. Then, I remembered I had stuff for grilled cheese and I really wanted tomato soup.
I think what the heck, and decide to experiment a little. I tell you what, I successfully made Campbell's soup. OK, maybe not really, but it tasted like tomato soup. I couldn’t believe it, so I just had to share what I did!
From Tomato Paste to Tomato Soup
I figured if I was going to experiment, I might as well experiment with one of the many cans of tomato paste. I mean what did I have to lose? A can of tomato paste?
Tomato soup is actually quite simple to make with tomato paste, but I put my own spin on it to make it taste more soupy. So, here’s what you need:
1 can of tomato paste
24 fluid ounces of milk (not water)
1 tablespoon Garlic Salt (course ground with parsley)
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
Dash of lemon juice
¼ cup of shredded cheese
1 teaspoon of basil
*Add additional seasoning to taste*
Turning Tomato Paste into Tomato Soup
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to use all the above ingredients, but that is how I did it. Ultimately, you only need tomato paste, milk, garlic salt, and sugar. Here’s what I did:
Open the can of tomato paste and pour it into a pan.
Use the can and add 4 full cans of milk (24 ounces) into the pan with the paste.
The paste will start to clump. Smash it on the sides and mix well to get the clumps out.
Turn the stove top on medium.
Stir in the garlic salt, sugar, salt, lemon juice, and basil.
Continue stirring the mixture allowing it to turn into a milky liquid.
Bring mixture to a boil.
Simmer, while stirring continuously, for about 5-10 minutes.
Add in the cheese to help thicken up the soup.
Mix until melted.
Allow the soup to cool, and then Enjoy!
This is such a simple recipe, and it has definitely solved some of my what in the heck do I do with this issue. Plus, it tastes like tomato soup!
What kind of concoction have you made when you had nothing in your cupboards and were too lazy to go to the store? I would love to hear about them in the comments below