When it comes to social media, a lot of beautiful and inspiring people are on my list of followers. So with no surprise, also Chrissy Teigen is one of them. She is John Legend’s wife, model, very part-time food blogger, and she also loves to cook. Worth the follow I would say. She’s also very funny and doesn’t take herself or her job as a model too serious. Love her! The last couple of months she is posting a lot of the same soup while referring to herself as the soup master or should I say #soupmaster? She makes the same soup over and over again. The moment you’ll see a picture of a pan with basil, you know it’s time for her favorite soup, the tomato basil soup.
As a soup lover myself it was about time to try this soup. I figured out this recipe is by Ina Garten via Barefoot Contessa
I totally understand why Chrissy has made this soup so many times in such a short period of time, it is really that good.
However, Chrissy I have some issues with the recipe such as heating the olive oil, but that’s not my biggest concern. The issue I have with this recipe is that it contains canned tomatoes also known as BPA. Chrissy, (and all you readers) never ever use canned tomatoes! Never use something canned, but if you have to eat out of a can please don’t let it be tomatoes.
Would you like some BPA in your soup?
Doesn’t sound very appealing, right? Well, but that’s exactly what’s being added in this recipe.
Most of us know that BPA is harmful. BPA is a chemical used to coat the lining of cans and most plastic products .BPA can leach into foods and drinks by way of plastic containers, bottles, and cans.
A few of the detected health problems resulting from BPA exposure (source) are:
- hormonal disruption
- reproductive harm
- increased risk of certain cancers
- malformation of organs in children
- risk of miscarriage
- sperm defects
- increased risk of mental disabilities in babies
Most cans have BPA lining, unless it is labelled otherwise, so why am I going crazy on the canned tomatoes then?
Well, since tomatoes are highly acidic, it draws out more of the BPA into the food from the lining. So, canned tomatoes have an especially high risk of leaching BPA into the tomatoes because of the acidity. This is not to say that other canned goods do not also pose BPA exposure risks, but tomatoes are one of the worst offenders.
So step away from these canned tomatoes and let me show you how to make this soup without BPA.
I have to say, it’s really a delicious rich soup. An absolute winner when it comes to all the tomato soups I have ever tried. It’s comforting and delicious. Let me know if you will try this out.
- 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half (take the juice out)
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 jar (28-ounce) plum tomatoes, with their juice. Not canned, but from a jar!
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 quart vegetable low salt stock or water
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss together the tomatoes, ¼ cup coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in one layer on a baking sheet or oven plate and roast for 45 minutes.
- In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, the coconut butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the tomatoes from the jar, basil, thyme, and vegetable stock.
- Add the oven-roasted tomatoes (remove the burnt edges), including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade or use a blender. Additionally, you could add coconut sugar for sweetness, but if you want to make it completely sugar free carrots or dried tomatoes are also a way to make this soup sweeter. Sugar is often used to enhance the taste of a recipe.
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