Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Praise the Lord Tomato Soup!

I don't do recipes on my blog. But I won't say 'Never'. I am a decent enough cook but I would never go so far as to say my dishes are photo worthy and I don't invent new recipes, just keep the tried and true ones coming. I guess after 30 plus years of cranking out meatloaf and spaghetti, this old cook is a little weary. Add the challenge of cooking gluten free for the last 2 years and you can understand why a "4 Buck Cluck*" sale at the local grocery store is a deal too good to pass up!
(* 4 buck cluck = roasted whole chicken on sale for $4, pairs very well with some 2 buck chuck (wine) from Trader Joes )

That said.... a dear friend created her own cookbook of some very yummy gluten free dishes and gave me a copy. The first thing I experimented with from the cookbook was something I'd sampled from her kitchen and found so hearty and delightful that I was excited to re-create it in my own kitchen.

I love tomato soup. Coupled with a grilled cheese sandwich  it's the ultimate blues-buster on a chilly rainy winter day. It's comfort food. It's finger licking good. This delicious soup is so good I can understand why it's called "Praise the Lord!"

1 lb spicy ground Gluten Free sausage or sausage links (I used  GF spicy chicken sausage meatballs, diced)
1 box GF Pacific Natural Foods organic tomato soup
1 jar of (your favorite GF) marina sauce. 
1/4 cup (or more, LOL) Red Wine.
1-2 tsp oregeno and basil,
salt and pepper to taste.

in soup pan, brown the sausage. Add rest of ingredients, and simmer till hot. Do not boil. 

Options: 1 cup fresh or frozen corn can be added. 
Other variations include using roasted red pepper/tomato soup for a spicier taste. 
I served mine with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with Pepper Jack grated cheese, (in lieu of the grilled cheese sandwich)

If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you thought!

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