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I have a modified tomato basil soup recipe that I use for as a base for tomato sauce as well (whether the end result is for spaghetti or pizza sauce). The only difference is that for the former I also add in bouillon cubes + water + a dash of dairy product (cream or a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt). Naturally I've gotten into the habit of turning my homemade tomato sauce leftovers into homemade tomato soup, with varying degrees of success.

What makes for a really good tomato soup recipe versus a good tomato sauce recipe? And while I'm at it, what are other creative uses for leftover homemade tomato sauce?

ETA: I've written out the modified tomato basil soup/sauce recipe here in the comments.
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Hey all--

I had such good recommendations last time that I thought I'd throw this one open to the audience again for suggestions. In the next hour, I need to figure out my menu for thirty plus vegetarians. My friend D- & I need to do two (2) vegetable dishes, one (1) protein dish, and one (1) starch. At least half should be vegan as a rule of thumb. Available ingredients are as follows:

WALK-IN (Fresh produce):
-carrots
-beets
-lots of parsley (yay!)
-a few oranges
-squash
-celery
-cauliflower
-lemons
-a few green bell peppers
-eggplant galore
-tofu (could be convinced; not first impulse)
-eggs (precious shared resource)
-baby spinach (also somewhat precious)
-a little miso (we had miso soup Mon. night...hm)
-gouda (precious shared resource) + cheddar (not quite as precious, also delicious)

available leftovers + misc. ingredients )

Recommendations? We have three to three and a half hours to do the actual cooking.

ETA: forgot to clarify that someone else is making a salad (with parsley!) + a desert (red velvet cake).

ETA2: final menu: pomegranate & walnut stew (fesenjan); roasted beets & onions; baked achari baingan; saffron rice; + cook's assistant's additions (salad + cake). Thank you everyone who contributed suggestions! I'll be cooking again next week & will put some more of them into practice then.
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(that should not, by any rights, have turned out as well as they did.)

I have been trying to use up the "things from the fridge" because I hate wasting food but also never get around to actually cooking them. These turned out not just filling, nutritious and (reasonably) yummy, but also looked really pretty, so I share the instructions!

Tropical Peanut Rice )

...am I the only one who has, um, quite a few favorite recipes built around leftover white rice from takeout? The key is to leave the rice in the fridge, in its original paper container, for a few days to a week, until the rice is about half-dried out, and then when you reheat it, put it in a covered bowl with something liquid and flavorful to rehydrate the rice, and nuke until there's no standing liquid left. The thing is, I *cannot* get rice from scratch to come out as well using the microwave, so I am tempted to order extra takeout rice just to have some for leftovers.

Cheesy Potato Soup )

Lemon Creamsicle )

...this is why I never offer to share what I cook.

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