20 Minute “Cream” of Tomato…or What to Make When You Don’t Want to Shop

I may be dating myself, but heck I'm old enough to almost have a teen driver in the house! Remember Name That Tune?Two people ID music, competing to do it in as few notes as possible. That's about how I entertain myself in the kitchen from time to time.There are two versions – making food with as few ingredients as possible, or in as little time. I played both last night which birthed 20 minute tomato soup, paired with grilled cheese. Bonus points for delivering on a much requested teen combo (at least from the teen who eats tomatoes).

You will need a Ninja, blender or food processor.


1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup white wine

1 28 oz. can tomatoes (chopped, whole, puréed, whatever!)

3/4 cup Low fat, or any fat, milk

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh basil, or not

Heat oil in heavy stock pot, medium heat. Add onion & garlic, salt & pepper.Sauté 3-5 minutes. Add wine, reduce to almost dry. Skip if you don't have wine. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer 10-15 minutes. Carefully purée in processor, leaving air hole open but blocked with a dishtowel. Add milk. Purée again and keep warm in the pot.

Can be decorated with fresh chives, basil or croutons.

Make grilled cheese according to preference. Add a salad and you're dinner done!

Eat, enjoy-B


Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

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