You ever have one of those days where its 9 am and your ready to call it a day? . Yesterday was one of those day for me. Its spring vacation around here (more like an arctic vacation) and I had volunteered my day to babysitting/ hanging out with 2 of my nephews, ages 11 and 13. (I know, I am the greatest sister). I had all of these great ideas and plans of things to do, but when it came down to it, they wanted to do nothing but play video games and not really listen to anything I said. I basically had to drag them outside to go for a walk we me and that's all I could get them to do My great little nephews, I love them so much, but yesterday they had their minds set on being little monsters.
I needed a drink. And I needed lunch. And so I was inspired to make this bloody mary tomato soup. Its got all the essentials to a great drink, the tomato, the spice, the zingy flavors, but warm and thick to eat as soup which was a perfect lift for a freezing cold dragging day. And no, I didn't add the vodka to it because that would be irresponsible of me. I am not about to serve up lunch soup to a couple young boys with alcohol in it. I am not a dumb ass…Save the vodka for when the kids go home!
What we have going here…... Chopped up onion, celery, and carrot in a pot. Stick that pot on the stove for a few minutes on medium heat to start the cooking process. While that happening get the other stuff ready. A big can of diced tomatoes, hot sauce, worcestershire sauce*, prepared horseradish*, celery salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper And last but not least a good squirt of yellow mustard. Now add it all to the pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to low and stick a lid on it.
*I used the horseradish that is made with only horseradish and vinegar…..You can use the other stuff that contains sugars and milk, but I don't know how tastes. And the worcestershire sauce I used did not contain fish but be aware that a lot of the popular brands do, so if you care, check labels!
After about 20 minutes the veggies should be soft and the flavors should all have melded together. Taste soup as it is cooking and add any more spice that you want.
Now in goes the emulsifying stick of fun! (Or dump in a blender) Blend blend blend!
I stopped when I got to a smooth consistency with the littlest bit of texture.
And now the soup is now ready for the bowls!
And there it is…served with a stock of celery and a wedge of lemon (I forgot to add them to the pictures!) A bloody Mary to take the edge off any drag of a cold weather day. And best part.. left over soup is great served chilled with a shot of vodka to loosen this Mary up!
Have a Happy Day!
Bloody Mary Tomato Soup
Side note…The spicier ingredients...hot sauce, horseradish, and worcestershire sauce are pretty flexible. My advice is to start with the lesser amounts of the ingredient and work your way up until you get to your happy soup place.
- 32 oz can of crushed or diced tomatoes
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 small onion
- 2 stalks or celery plus more for garnish
- 1-2 teaspoons horseradish
- 1-2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce or ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- A lemon cut into wedges (To squeeze on as a garnish)
- 2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and cracked pepper to taste
Dice up carrots, onion and celery and place in a large pot and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Once the veggies are slightly soft, add in the rest of the ingredients plus one tomato can worth of water. Bring to boil, cover and turn heat down to low. Cook for another 15-20 minutes or until all the veggies are super soft and the flavor have all developed. Add salt and pepper, taste and add any additional spicier spices that you want.
When happy with taste, either in a blender or with a hand emulsifier, blend soup until smooth (or to your desired constancy) Soup is now ready to serve.
Ladle or pour into bowls and serve with a stalk of celery and maybe a wedge of lemon. Crackers or croutons are welcome too.
Eat with a Spoon
Soup left overs are great refrigerated and served cold. Add a splash of vodka to make it fun.