creamy tomato soup

One of my favorite things to cook (and eat) during the cold winter season is soup. I joined the Weight Watchers At Work program fall 2010 and have been experimenting with their recipes ever since. In early 2012 I downloaded the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion App for iPad, were I found a recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup. Although the soup was tasty, I found it to be thinner than anticipated. As I like my tomato soup thicker and heartier tasting, I increased the amount of tomato paste and use whole milk for a creamier texture. This soup is particularly delightful when paired with your favorite roll or grilled cheese sandwich. :) Enjoy!

creamy tomato soup - topped with fresh basil

creamy tomato soup – topped with fresh basil

Ingredients:

creamy tomato soup ingredients

creamy tomato soup ingredients

2 TSP Olive Oil
2 to 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
4 Large Tomatoes, Cut into Sizable Chucks
1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 TBSP + 1 TSP Ground Thyme
1 TSP Salt
1 – 6oz Can Tomato Paste
3 Cups Whole Milk
6 TBSP Fresh Basil, Chopped (Optional)


Instructions
:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent (about 5 minutes).

creamy tomato soup - onions and garlic

creamy tomato soup – onions and garlic

Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme and salt. Cover and simmer over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let cool for 5 minutes.

creamy tomato soup - after adding tomatoes, broth, thyme and salt & after cooking

creamy tomato soup – after adding tomatoes, broth, thyme and salt & after cooking

Transfer tomato mixture to the pitcher of a blender and puree until smooth.

creamy tomato soup - in blender (before & after)

creamy tomato soup – in blender (before & after)

Return mixture to the saucepan and place over medium heat to keep warm.

In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste and milk, blending well after each cup of milk is added.

creamy tomato soup - combining milk and tomato paste

creamy tomato soup – combining milk and tomato paste

Pour milk mixture into tomato mixture, whisking as you pour. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soup is warmed through (about 5 minutes); be careful not to let the soup boil.

creamy tomato soup - whisking milk mixture into tomato mixture & finished cooking

creamy tomato soup – whisking milk mixture into tomato mixture & finished cooking

Divide evenly into 4 bowls and top with fresh basil, if desired.

creamy tomato soup - in bowls

creamy tomato soup – in bowls

Yields 4 – 1 & ¼ Cup Servings
Weight Watchers: 1 bowl = 6 points plus

spinach lasagna cupcakes

While flipping channels on TV, I came across the Food Network show Aarti Party. This particular day she was cooking Lasagna Cupcakes with Sausage and Mango Chutney. I really liked the concept behind the lasagna cupcakes, but knew I would never eat them as prepared on the show. I immediately thought of making the filling with spinach and cheese instead of meat sauce. I then proceeded to tell my husband about the show over dinner and shared with him my idea; it took some convincing, but he agreed to try them. Now they are one of our favorite things to eat!! Below is the recipe I created. :) Enjoy!

spinach lasagna cupcake dinner

spinach lasagna cupcake dinner

Ingredients:

spinach lasagna cupcake ingredients

spinach lasagna cupcake ingredients

½ TBSP Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 – 5oz Package Fresh Spinach
¼ Cup + 2 TBSP Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese, Divided
¾ Cup + 2 TBSP Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Divided
½ TSP Salt
36 Nasoya All Natural Won Ton Wraps
1 Cup Bertolli Vineyard Fire Roasted Tomato with Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sauté garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add spinach, 1 handful at a time, stirring after each addition. Cook just until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and let sit about 1 minute.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - sauteing spinach

spinach lasagna cupcakes – sauteing spinach

Transfer spinach to the bowl of a food processor and grind for 30 to 45 seconds, or until smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, pureeing in a blender works just as well)

spinach lasagna cupcakes - processing spinach

spinach lasagna cupcakes – processing spinach

Transfer spinach to a small mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese and salt; stir mixture after each addition until well blended.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - making spinach filling

spinach lasagna cupcakes – making spinach filling

Lightly coat cupcake pan with cooking spray.

Place 1 won ton wrapper in the bottom of each cup, pressing lightly to ensure the wrapper reaches the bottom of the pan.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - won tons in cups

spinach lasagna cupcakes – won tons in cups

Fill each cup with ½ slightly heaping TBSP of the spinach mixture. Top with ½ TBSP sauce.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - first layer

spinach lasagna cupcakes – first layer

Place a 2nd won ton wrapper in each cup, rotating slightly so the corners of the wrappers are not on top of each other. Again, fill each cup with ½ slightly heaping TBSP of the spinach mixture, equally distributing any remaining mixture across the 12 cups. Top with ½ TBSP sauce.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - second layer

spinach lasagna cupcakes – second layer

Place a 3rd won ton wrapper in each cup, again, rotating slightly so the corners of the wrappers are not on top of each other. Top each cup with 1 TSP sauce, ½ TBSP mozzarella cheese and 1 TSP parmesan cheese.

spinach lasagna cupcakes - final layer

spinach lasagna cupcakes – final layer

Bake about 18 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the corners of the wontons are browned.

Yields 12 Cupcakes

spinach lasagna cupcakes - cooked

spinach lasagna cupcakes – cooked

Weight Watchers: 1 cupcake = 4 points plus; 2 cupcakes = 7 points plus; 3 cupcakes = 11 points plus.

* NOTE: If you’re having trouble locating won ton wraps in the grocery store, look near the vegetarian meats and cheeses in the produce section or near the pre-packaged spinach and lettuce *