This may be the best tomato soup recipe you’ve tasted. If you know folks who have been put off tomato soup because of the tinned stuff from the stores, they may like this.
Jars of this tomato soup are great to have on hand as a portable, healthy lunch choice. You just have to get tomatoes at a reasonable enough price to make it worth while.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled, and in fact, you may wish to do to make it worth firing up the pressure canner.
A pressure canner is required for safety. If you don’t have a pressure canner, you can freeze jars of it, leaving appropriate headspace. (see: Headspace for freezing.)
This recipe is from Bernardin.
Vine-fresh tomato soup (for water bath canning)
Jar size choices: Either quarter-litre (½ US pint / 8 oz) OR half-litre (1 US pint / 16 oz)
Processing method: Pressure canning only
Yield: 4 x half-litre (US pint) jars
Note on yield: Ball says the yield is 8 pint jars. Bernardin says 4, and in fact we got 4 several times when making this. In reality, yield at any given time will likely depend on how juicy the tomatoes used are or are not. Watery ones will yield more volume for instance than Roma-type tomatoes.
Headspace: 3 cm (1 inch)
Processing pressure: 10 lbs. (69 kPa) weighted gauge, 11 lbs. (76 kPa) dial gauge (adjust pressure for your altitude when over 300 metres / 1000 feet.)
Processing time: 20 minutes either size jar
Zesty Tomato Soup
- 3 kg tomatoes (6.5 lbs. 16 cups after being peeled, chopped, and cored)
- 600 g onion (1 ⅓ lbs. After being peeled and chopped, about 3 ½ cups)
- 450 g celery (1 lb. After being chopped, about 2 ½ cups)
- 300 g red bell pepper (2 cups. Measurements done after seeding, chopping. 2 large / 10 oz)
- 125 g carrot (4.5 oz. Peeled and sliced, about 1 cup)
- 1 clove garlic
- 7 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon cloves (whole)
- ¼ teaspoon allspice (ground)
- 250 g brown sugar (1 cup / 8 oz)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prep all the ingredients from the tomatoes down to and including the garlic. Put in a large pot.
- Make a spicebag with the cheesecloth, bay leaves and cloves. Add in.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until vegetables are soft.
- Fish out spice bag and discard it.
- Purée mixture in a blender or food processor (or food mill.) How coarse / smooth you want the texture is up to you.
- Put back in pot, add allspice, sugar, salt and pepper. Heat to a boil.
- Put into jars piping hot: jar size can be either ¼ litre (½ US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz) OR ½ litre (1 US pint / 500 ml / 16 oz).
- Leave 3 cm (1 inch) headspace for either size jar.
- Wipe rims, apply lids, set in pressure canner.
- Processing pressure: 10 lbs (69 kPa) weighted gauge, 11 lbs (76 kpa) dial gauge (adjust pressure for your altitude when over 300 metres / 1000 feet.)
- Process time: 20 minutes either size jar.
How to pressure can, step by step.
When pressure canning, you must adjust the pressure for your altitude.
- If you’re out of celery, you can use 1 tablespoon celery seed instead.
- If you don’t have cheese cloth, you could try using a tea genie, or strong paper towel instead.
- Yes, you must peel the tomato and carrot, for safety reasons. Most of the bacteria is on the skin.
- Want to thicken this? When you open a jar to heat, add some DIY SOS mix.
- Instead of the salt, you can use a non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub. We have found Herbamare Sodium-Free performs well in that regard.
- You can reduce the sugar, or use the same volume amount of granulated Splenda®, or use 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia. For stevia, we’d recommend Better Stevia liquid stevia. The sugar is just in this recipe as a seasoning; it’s not a safety control factor.
- Some people have said they found the recipe too sweet, though remember everyone’s taste is different. You might wish to just add half the sugar, then taste it from the pot to see what you think before adding more.
Using canned tomatoes
Instead of fresh tomatoes, you could start with 16 cups / 4 litres of canned (either store or home canned) tomatoes. Include the juice from the cans.
Spiced Tomato Soup. Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving. Toronto, Canada: Bernardin Ltd. 2013. Page 95.
Spiced Tomato Soup. Ball Blue Book. Muncie, Indiana: Healthmark LLC / Jarden Home Brands. Edition 37. 2014. Page 106.
- Lowered the cloves from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. You can increase it back up if you wish. Ball calls for 1 teaspoon;
- Added ¼ teaspoon allspice;
- Put the bay leaves and cloves in a spice bag for easy removal.
Per 1 jar (half-litre / 2 cups / 16 oz)
- 478 calories, 1862 mg sodium
Sugar and Salt Free Version
Per 1 jar (½ litre / 2 cups / 16 oz)
- 240 calories, 101 mg sodium
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 2 points per 1 cup (250 ml / 8 oz); 5 points per ½ litre jar (1 US pint / 16 oz / 2 cups).
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