Tomato Spinach Soup; dogs of winter

I have one more tomato soup recipe from this season. This one finished the bags of mixed tomatoes that I was peeling and freezing every day in September.

The nice thing about soup is that one can use up all of the odd bits lurking in the pantry. In my case it was less than a full cup of small elbow pasta that I’ve had for years.

It wasn’t enough for a pasta dish and I didn’t want to buy more, so it just sat on the shelf taking up space.

Luckily it was still able to become edible pasta…..

Frozen spinach is one of my staples for winter so that was easy.

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Tomato Spinach Soup

This is soup – meaning it’s flexible. Add more or less or whatever you have on hand.
Number of servings depends on size of serving and hunger of person eating 😉

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup

Ingredients

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  • 6 cups (45oz, 1300gr) tomatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4oz (125gr) frozen spinach, thawed, drained, chopped
  • 2/3 cups small pasta
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups (16oz, 500ml) chicken or vegetable stock

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven.
  • Add onion, celery, carrot, pepper, and garlic, sauté until tender.
  • Add all spices and sauté briefly.
  • Add tomatoes, stock, herbs, cover and cook for 60 minutes
  • Add spinach, pasta, and simmer 15 – 20 minutes longer.
  • Serve or freeze.

Notes

You could use fresh spinach, roughly chopped. 
If using frozen, you could just add it, still frozen, as long as it isn’t in butter or sauce.

Keywords: tomato soup, spinach, vegetable soup

Chunky Tomato Spinach Soup

We’ve been having the same mix of weather that most of the world is experiencing: warm fall days followed by days of cold winter rain.

It’s usually cool enough that we want a fire but then it gets warm in the house so we open a window and then we get the stink bugs inside.

You know…. Fall.

My dogs are reverting to winter behavior.

During warm weather the doors are open. Both dogs go in and out at will. When they are in the house they lay so they can look out through the open door and maintain surveillance on the neighborhood.

Other than going outside to lie in the grass and watch me when I am outside followed by coming inside so they can guard me when I’m inside they leave me alone.

During cold weather the doors are closed. They don’t want to be outside by themselves so they spend the days inside, napping.

Except for when they are bugging me.

Periodically during the day one or the other will decide it’s petting time.

This decision always coincides with me sitting down at my computer.

Guapa runs to my right and sticks her nose under my arm for petting.

Bonnie runs to my left and sits with her back to me, leaning.

If I don’t immediately pay attention they start growling – at each other.

For the ensuing 5 minutes I am not allowed to type or touch my mouse.

I. Must. Pet. Dogs.

We go through this 6 or 8 times every day.

They have me well-trained…..

6 thoughts on “Tomato Spinach Soup; dogs of winter”

  1. Since we lost our red dobe in July, our blue dobe has become the world’s biggest chicken! He’ll bark, bark, bark at the crows, the chickens next door, the leaves, the rain, anything a normal dog would bark at but let there be a loud noise or some kind of commotion like oh…we’re trying to finish putting down our hardwood floors, and he’s terrified! Consequently, he goes nowhere in the house that I am not. And he’s stuck to me, literally stuck to me, wherever I am. It’s getting a bit tiresome at this point and I never realized how much of his courage he got from our other dog, but holy cow! I can either yell at him or pet him. Yelling at him only makes things worse so guess what I too am doing most of my day…

    • I hadn’t realized you lost one so recently…. That’s hard for everyone to deal with. Guapa has developed a lot of fears in the last year. It started with the crop canon going off next to the house for a week in June and has just gotten worse. I dread the day when we lose one, but I don’t think the other will be far behind. They are so dependent on each other. And on me in the winter.

    • I keep telling them I’m the alpha…. and they keep ignoring me. They only time they listen to me is when I have treats in my hand. They have me well-trained there, too lol

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