September 2007: Inspirations
Dressed-Up Tomato Soup
Steaming tomato soup rates high among fall's popular comfort foods, but we decided to take this seasonal favorite to another flavor level. Try our suggestions to turn your next bowl of soup into the best you've ever had.
Pulse 1 (28-oz.) can Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes in a food processor 3 to 4 times or until finely diced. Stir together tomatoes; 1 (26-oz.) can tomato soup, undiluted; 1 (32-oz.) container chicken broth; and ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper in a Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Makes about 11 cups. Prep: 5 min., Cook: 10 min.
- To serve, we topped the soup with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled it with chopped fresh parsley. Other tasty additions include chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh chives, chopped fresh rosemary, croutons, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and grated lemon rind.
- For testing purposes only, we used Progresso Diced Tomatoes With Italian Herbs.
Steps To Style
Good And Good For You
We asked our staff health expert Shannon Sliter Satterwhite, M.S., R.D., to recommend a great-tasting alternative to the office snack machines. She whipped up a dandy one that satisfies longer and provides a quick boost of energy.
Healthful Fruit-and-Nut Mix
Combine 1 (9.5-oz.) container mixed nuts, 1 (6-oz.) container smoked almonds, 1 cup quartered dried apricots, and ¾ cup dried cranberries in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 4½ cups. Prep: 5 min.
- Indulge a little more: Add a few morsels of delicious antioxidant-rich dark chocolate.
- For testing purposes only, we used Planters Select Cashews With Almonds and Pecans and Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.
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