Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
— Leo Tolstoy
He got me lavender kombucha! The boy knows me...

He got me lavender kombucha! The boy knows me...

True dat, Tolstoy.

For our wedding anniversary, I asked Todd to pick out absolutely whatever he wanted to have for dinner and I would make it or buy it. Do you know what he chose? Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup! I wasn't really that surprised...

So I ask, "What kind of tomato soup?" And he tells me, "The canned Campbell's kind." Oh that crazy boy, for the love of Buddah!  

Clearly, there was no, nooo way I was going to buy a couple cans of tomato soup for our anniversary dinner. I just couldn't. So, I knew I had to try to replicate it instead. I intended to find a copycat recipe online and follow it precisely. There was actually supposed to be no post today at all.

However, much to my dismay, I couldn't find one! Sure, there were a few but none of them seemed very accurate. Have you looked at the back of a Campbell's tomato soup can?

Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup

No, probably not. Well, there was no choice but to make a copycat recipe entirely myself and to be perfectly frank I had pretty low expectations. Did you know there's xanthan gum in Campbell's tomato soup? Who knew?! And high fructose corn syrup, of course, but I opted for brown sugar instead. Also, their soup is primarily made with tomato paste....erm....okay, so obviously some ingredients had to change.

Imagine me serving Todd a bowl of reconstituted tomato paste, hahaha. "Here you go, Honey!" Don't worry, that didn't happen.

Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup

This soup is spot-on, you guys. It's pretty shocking really. So, if you have a weird obsession with the taste of Campbell's canned tomato soup (like someone I know) this is your recipe. You're going to love it!

Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
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Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
An incredibly accurate copycat of Campbells Tomato Soup. You'll never need to buy another can again! Note: If Campbell's soup is a bit too sweet for your liking, feel free to reduce the brown sugar. Be sure to buy quality canned tomatoes. I like the Organic Muir Glen brand that was rated highest by Cook's Illustrated.
Ingredients
  • 2 28 oz. cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • heaping 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt (I use Johnny's)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 bay leaves
  • dash ground black pepper
Instructions
In a blender, combine all ingredients except for the bay leaves. Blend on high for several minutes, until very smooth and creamy.The xanthan gum will make the soup sort of frothy. Never fear though, it will clear when heated. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add the bay leaves, and heat over medium-low for about 10 minutes, until the soup turns a dark red and the froth goes away.Serve hot!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup
Produce On Parade - Copycat Campbell's Tomato Soup

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Tomato Soup --> Tomatensuppe (two-mahten-zoopah)

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Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets & Backpacking

Today I give you a simple recipe and some awesome Alaskan backcountry pictures!  When Todd and I decided to go backpacking up by where we got married last year, we knew we had a rather large stash of 1000 year old Mountain Houses and Backpacker's Pantry freeze dried meals. We dug them out only to discover that, as vegans, we couldn't eat a single one. Poo.

So, I decided to make some oatmeal for us. When I was a child, we always brought along those little, sweetened packets of oatmeal backpacking. My favorite was the Fruit and Cream type. Don't you dare give me any of those Apples and Cinnamon ones, blech! Did you know those little packets have whey in them, though? Why, Quaker!? Why???

Oh well. So if you don't want whey in your oatmeal either, here's how to make your own! I used erythritol but you can use sugar if you like. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBe sure to add freshly picked berries if you have access! This is my favorite breakfast. Bonus points if you eat it in sleeping bag, outside on top of a mountain!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packet

Inspired by Quaker Oats

Makes 1 packet

  • 1/2 cup dry instant oats
  • 2 tsp. erythritol (or sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla powder
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional, or cinnamon, etc.)
  • boiling water (amount to preference)
  • add-ins (berries, fruit, seeds, nuts, etc.)

In a small baggie/canister/bowl add all the ingredients and mix or shake well to combine. When ready to use, place in an appropriate bowl and fill with desired amount of boiling water.Voila. Done. 

Awesome Alaska Backpacking Pictures

And now on to some amazing Alaskan photos. Below you'll see some of the berries I put in my oatmeal!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsYes, it was a little late in the season, however, the blueberry situation was OBSCENE! I went bananas...obviously. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberrymania, no? It was pure joy. The Fall colors were very lovely. We don't have these colors quite yet, outside of the mountains. 

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Still a little ways to go! It was extraordinarily muddy. And here we are, finally at camp! We made it!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

This is the Official "My Backpack's Off"' pose, in case you were wondering. There's no quite feeling like it. Don't laugh.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Todd and Bob may have the whole "relaxing" thing down a bit better than I do.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

We saw a massive bear print along with scat. So that was special.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

This is what vegans bring camping when they don't plan ahead and dehydrate a meal. There is also some chocolate with candied ginger, and lemon drops too!

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Todd got a JetBoil for his birthday. What a spoiled boy!

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Our furry child hauls his own goodies, of course. 

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

He loves us.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Family picture! We were photobombed by a blueberry...

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsWe were happy to squeeze the last backpacking trip in before the snow flies. It was 32 F when I left for work this morning, so literally, we could have snow any day now! Bring it on.

Produce On Parade - Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

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