After being gone for a week from vacation sometimes all you want is a home cooked meal. However, in my case, I had one day for that to happen before I was turning around to jet set again. I was working from home on our first day back and really did not want to go grab something for lunch. We had no groceries in the house and I was trying to think of something quick I could make while I worked. I was craving soup (not surprising, I could seriously eat soup every day). I didn’t want to spend time in the kitchen chopping vegetables though. I had a week’s worth of emails and work to catch up on.
The tomato soup I make when I roast vegetables in the oven and puree the soup is very easy to make, (Roasted Tomato Soup) but I wanted more than just the creamy pureed tomato soup. I wanted vegetables. I decided to take that version of my soup and alter it. I remember seeing recipes for zucchini tomato soups and thought zucchini would be a good addition to this. That seemed rather boring so I figured I would add in some cannellini beans and spinach as well.
After I took my vegetables out of the oven from roasting them I put them in a big soup pot to puree with my immersion blender. The mix was really thick and saucy. I tried it. It would have made the perfect spaghetti sauce if that is what I was going for. It wasn’t, but I thought to myself this would be a cool concept for the blog. I could write a post about using 1 recipe to make 2 meals. You can either make a spaghetti sauce or a soup. Or you can even double the recipe and once you have the sauce all made, reserve half and then turn the other half into soup and you have 2 meals made for you.
To turn my sauce into a soup I thinned it out with chicken stock (you can use vegetable if you want to keep this vegetarian) and then added in my other ingredients. This meal was so easy to make. I probably spent more time pureeing the soup than chopping the vegetables.
Not all meals have to take forever in the kitchen to be good. Especially when you are getting two meals with the time and effort (and cost!) to make one!