We have always bought tomato soup from Trader Joe's. A quart of the Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup and then another quart of the Organic Tomato Soup... mixed together with basil on top. Sometimes with tiny pasta in it, sometimes not. But always, the meal cost at least $7.99 to make... and we bought it. Was it convenient? Oh yes... pour two cartons in until it starts to boil, turn off, and add in already cooked pasta? Heck yeah! Super simple and will still stay as a 'fast food' along with our cans of black beans. But I have wanted to get away from it being a staple. And this recipe did that.
- 1 quart of my Roasted Tomato Sauce
- 1 tea sugar
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 Tbs cooking red wine
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
Pour all ingredients in and bring to a hot simmer. Do not boil. I have started hitting mine with a stick blender so it is super smooth like the one from the store is. The kids like this better. Serve topped with chopped basil and add a side of good grilled cheese sandwich on rye or sourdough.
If you didn't put away any of the tomato sauce, (or you already have eaten it all) then feel free to make more for this recipe. One batch of tomato sauce will make 2 - 3 quarts of sauce. It makes it a slower supper, but wow, is it worth it! (And you will have spaghetti sauce fixings for another day too. The sauce freezes beautifully!)