Asteroid apocalypse tomato soup
This soup does not use measurements. The apocalypse, as noted in my seminal piece on preparing for a "nation-buster" of an asteroid strike, is no place for measuring. It’s a place for eyeball estimating and using up whatever food is on hand before it spoils. Food is precious in the post-civilization badlands. Might as well make soup.
So this recipe is a bare bones type of thing. This is the minimum you need to make it. Got celery? Add a stalk. Got red peppers, fresh tomato, parsley? All good additions. Potatoes, not so much. Use your judgment about what would go well in this recipe. Perhaps even some bare bones. There ought to be plenty lying around.
Two quick notes. First, use slightly more carrots than onion, but don’t worry about being precise. The carrots are what thicken the soup when you blend it, so more carrots means a thicker soup. Second, this is an early apocalypse recipe. The asteroid hit, a dust cloud is rising, but the power is still on. This might be your last chance to use a blender, so use it well with a nice, comforting soup. It’ll help put the “Ahh” in apocalypse.
Tomato juice (One can is usually enough, and could be supplemented by canned tomatoes or tomato paste.)
Olive oil to sauté
Carrots, peeled and rough chopped
Onions, peeled and sliced
Rosemary (fresh or dry), to taste
Vegetable stock or bouillon (If you want to use chicken stock, go ahead. It’s your apocalypse too.)
Salt and pepper
1) In a large pot, warm the olive oil and sweat the vegetables with the rosemary until the onion is translucent and most of the liquid has evaporated. If you have some wine on hand, add a splash and cook it out until the alcohol has evaporated.
2) Add the tomato juice and whatever stock you have on hand. Just remember, more liquid means thinner soup. If the finished product is too thick, you can add more stock to correct it. Simmer for a couple of hours, then blend and pass through a strainer. Adjust seasoning if desired. Enjoy and survive.
Remember, ALWAYS remove bay leaf before blending.