Tomato Florentine Soup and A Special #SundaySupper Birthday!

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First birthdays are a pretty big deal.  We had fairly big parties for both of our kids when they turned one.  It was really more about the adults that it was the kids.  It was like a ‘Hey!  We made it an entire year with a baby and we’re all still alive!’ party.  Sometimes I feel like I should have those types of parties more often.  ‘Hey, look!  The three year old busted my iPad screen and we’re all still alive!’.  <— That would be a great party.

I digress…

When I joined #SundaySupper back in July, I would have never imagined the movement was just a wee baby, only 6 months old!  Here we are in January 2013 and #SundaySupper is finally a year old!  And, my has it grown!  Food certainly brings people together, and while we were all aiming to get our families around the table more often, we’ve also grown to look to each other for ideas, inspiration and support.  I look forward to #SundaySupper all week long.  I know that no matter the theme, no matter if I’m participating that week or not, I will be inspired, I will be encouraged and I will be part of a very special family.

For #SundaySupper’s first birthday, we’re looking at dishes from other #SundaySupper contributors that have inspired us in one way or another.

I found inspiration this week in this Tomato Florentine Soup from The Meltaways.  I’ve made lots of soup, most of them in the crockpot, and while I love tomato soups, it’s one soup I’ve never tried to make on my own.  My sister gave me this completely awesome, bright pink, Cuisinart Immersion Blender for Christmas and I’ve been dying to use it.  While The Meltaways’ version isn’t blended, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to pull my new toy out of the box and put it to use.

Tomato Florentine Soup – Image Courtesy of The Meltaways

In my version of this recipe, which you can find here, I went through all of the steps short of adding the spinach, and dove right in with my immersion blender.  Once everything was nice and smooth, then I started adding my spinach.  My photo is must less tantalizing, but you can see the difference in texture below – even if only slight.  I also used a smidge more half and half.

Tomato Soup Florentine

See – No tomato chunks

Y’all… this soup is delish!  Absolutely delish!  Hubs even commented on how the flavors in this would make a perfect pasta dish, so we may see what I can do to make that happen later this week.  Pasta inspiration from a soup?  I know, right!  Anyway, I’m certainly not the only #SundaySupper contributor who feels inspired by the other wonderful members of our group.  Look at all of the amazing dishes below?  What do you see that inspired you?

Sunday Supper Appetizers:

 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:

 Sunday Supper Main Dishes: 

Sunday Supper Veggies: 

Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks: 

 Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:

Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog


While not related, we are a family.  We’re here for each other every day of every week, not just Sundays.  Join us?  Be inspired?  Find your own passion for #SundaySupper.

We’ll be celebrating at our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat!  Join us at 7 pm EST on Twitter.  Simply follow the #SundaySupper hashtag!  Come wish #SundaySupper a happy first birthday and see how you can be inspired too!


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63 Responses to Tomato Florentine Soup and A Special #SundaySupper Birthday!

  1. Yay! I am so glad that you liked it! It’s a favorite here. Thank you so much for choosing one of my dishes – it totally made my day! Glad you enjoyed your new kitchen toy, too 🙂

  2. Tomato soup has always been my comfort food. Tomato soup and grilled cheese was what I always requested my mom to make when I was sick when I was growing up. This version looks like such a perfect twist on a basic recipe I think I might give it a try with my Parmesan crusted grilled cheese. 🙂

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  4. I must have missed this post by Pam… mmm it sounds amazing!

  5. Hezzi-D says:

    Perfect! I have a bag of fresh spinach in the refrigerator that needs used and this looks great for a cold day!

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  9. Oh this is so going on my must make soups list!!! Lovely 🙂

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  12. I am loving all the soups everyone made. This looks amazing!

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  15. Tara says:

    That looks so very good, I adore homemade soups!!

  16. Delicious. Sometimes I feel like tomato soup is just too bland but this looks like it takes things up a few notches.

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  18. This soup looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it…. Thank you so much for being such a big of #SundaySupper…. you are such an inspiration! Looking forward to another year of your beautiful recipes.

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  20. I agree food brings people together and that is why I love it so much. There are no borders with food, there is only friendship and love for delightful tasting food. =)

    I just read out loud no tomato chunks in the soup and my husband just came in and asked if that was dinner! ^.^

  21. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous. I drooled over Pam’s and I’m drooling over yours!

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  23. Soni says:

    I would enjoy a big bowl of this right now! Looks so so good 🙂

  24. Such a pretty soup! I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Yum!

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  28. Susan says:

    I love my immersion blender! It especially gets tons of use when I make tomato soup and yours looks incredible smooth and creamy!

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  32. Conni Smith says:

    I love my immersion blender too – it is priceless with certain soups! Your soup looks gorgeous!

  33. It´s an awesome soup either way! But I love immersion blenders, almost as much as the food processor. A great soup for winter, and spinach takes it out of the salsa category. Nice job!

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  37. While Pam’s version looks wonderful, I do prefer a smooth tomato soup, so I think yours looks wonderful!

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  39. sunithi says:

    Looks like a great recipe ! yummm 🙂 Love both pics !

  40. Tomato soup is my husband’s favorite, so this is definitely going on the to-try list! BTW immersion blenders are a great tool, and I probably don’t use mine as often as I could–I’ve had my Braun for probably about 20 years, and it’s still going strong!

  41. Renee says:

    Tomato soup is one of my husband’s favorites and I don’t make it often enough. This version with the spinach sound wonderful (he love spinach too).

  42. Your soup looks equally DELICIOUS!!! Love the variation! 🙂 yum!

  43. This soup looks wonderful. I love a hearty tomato soup.

  44. I wish I had a bowl of this right now! It looks so warming and tasty. We don’t have an immersion blender but Mo is a wiz at the food processor!

  45. I adore tomato soup. I adore spinach…Pinning! Looks fantatic!

  46. It is so true that food brings people together and I am so glad #SundaySupper brought us together. Thank you for your great posts and support this past year! You have no idea how much it means to me!

  47. Your soup is spectacular! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.

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  48. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) says:

    I love a good tomato soup! Looks luscious!

  49. Sarah says:

    It looks fantastic, I’m hungry now!

  50. I feel the same was that you do about Sunday Supper. I’m so proud and honoured to be a part of this family – all of you inspire me every single day. This soup looks delicious! My husband loves to add cooked pasta like shells or macaroni into soups so if you haven’t figured out how to turn this soup into a pasta dish yet, just throw in some cooked noodles. It’ll be like a gourmet grown-up version of Alphabits soup 😉

  51. Bea says:

    Oh, yes first Bday parties for the kiddos were also a very big deal at our house 🙂 – The Tomato Florentine Soup looks absolutely amazing. What a great way to start using your new immersion blender {is it not amazing? I know, I do not own a crock pot but I certainly could not live without my immersion blender ;)}

  52. Faye Leong says:

    This tomato soup looks gorgeous, love your idea to blend it. Great recipe and thanks to both you and Pam!

  53. Tomato and Spinach are a natural together!

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  55. Sarah says:

    Oh yeah! all the flavors I love combined into one hearty soup! I love it.

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