This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell’s® Everyday Gourmet soups. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love cooking from scratch but I also love drinking my morning cup of coffee, watching TV and taking an occasional break. Taking care of a baby that is getting more alert and mobile every day means that I rely on packaged ingredients more often now. Making easy dinner at home isn’t difficult or time consuming but it requires planning, buying ingredients, prepping, chopping, simmering, cooking, cleaning – all easy steps but they often feel overwhelming.
When A. and I met I used to decide which recipes I wanted to cook and then buy all the ingredients. That resulted in very expensive grocery lists. My husband shopped in a different way – he never had a recipe in mind and always bought what looked good or was in season or on sale. It was such a foreign concept to me that I couldn’t get on board. How would I know what to make if I didn’t have a recipe in mind? What if I came home, found a recipe and it turned out that I was missing some ingredients? Then he suggested that I treat each grocery trip as a challenge from a cooking show – find something at the store that’s in season or on sale and then challenge yourself to create a recipe with it. I loved that idea and this is how I shop most of the time now. I live in suburbs and we only have one car that my husband takes to work, so getting groceries is often tricky. It’s difficult to come up with a shopping list for my husband if I am not at the store and often he’ll buy ingredients that I have no idea how to turn into a complete meal. He also works late, so there are days when he doesn’t have time to go to a store to buy more food.
This is when packages and mixes come in handy and I usually try to put my own homemade spin on them. If I’m using scone mix then I often add extra spices. For waffle mixes I like adding berries or nuts. And packaged soups deserve fresh garnishes that take already delicious flavours and textures to the next level.
I love Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet soups. They are made with no artificial colour or flavours and have delicious ingredients. Take this Campbell’s Golden Butternut Squash Soup for example – it’s velvety smooth and rich, slightly sweet from the squash and satisfying – perfect way to warm up during winter. I added creamy and garlicky ricotta and thyme burst tomatoes on toasted baguette to the soup. The bruschetta complimented the soup perfectly – crusty toasted baguette slices contrasted with the smoothness of the soup, ricotta melted into the rich butternut squash pool of goodness and tangy tomatoes melded with the sweetness of the squash.
I’m looking forward to trying other soups from the Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet line. Besides Golden Butternut Squash Soup they have Roasted Potato & Spring Leek, Fire Roasted Sweet Pepper & Tomato, Thai Tomato Coconut, and Tomato Basil Bisque, along with 9 other flavours!
If you are curious about these soups and live in Toronto you can visit Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet soups sampling events where you’ll be able to try three different Campbell’s Everyday gourmet soup flavours, find tips on how to elevate the soups using various garnishes as well as get a coupon for $1.00 off any Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet soup:
- National Home Show – March 10-19
- Scarborough Town Centre – March 25-April 2
If you are unable to attend any of these events you can find Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet soups at all major Canadian retailers and if you visit Elevate Your Everyday you can receive a coupon for $1.00 off your next purchase available for download until July 31, 2017.
Tomato-Ricotta Bruschetta and Campbell's Everyday Gourmet Golden Butternut Squash Soup - smooth and rich soup served with crusty bruschetta topped with creamy ricotta and tangy tomatoes | Imagelicious
- 1 carton Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Golden Butternut Squash Soup
- 20-25 pieces baguette (sliced into rounds)
- 1 container smooth ricotta (300 g)
- 1 large garlic clove (pressed)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 3-4 sprigs thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or a bit more)
- salt pepper to taste
Lightly brush baguette slices with 1 tablespoon of olive oil on both sides. Toast on both sides in a large pan on medium heat. Alternatively you can toast the baguette slices in the oven or even leave them untoasted if you you prefer softer bruschetta.
In a medium bowl combine smooth ricotta, 1 clove of pressed garlic, leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme and half a tablespoon (1.5 teaspoons of olive oil). Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. You can add another clove of garlic if you prefer a more garlicky taste.
In a small pan heat remaining half a tablespoon (1.5 teaspoons of olive oil ) on medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, leaves from 1-2 springs of thyme and cook on medium or medium-high heat stirring occasionally for about 5-8 minutes or until tomato skin starts to char and tomatoes start to burst. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Heat Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Golden Butternut Squash Soup in a small pot or in a microwave.
While soup is heating up assemble the bruschetta. Add dollops of ricotta mixture onto toasted baguette slices and top with burst tomatoes and a few thyme leaves. Leave some ricotta and tomatoes for topping the soup.
Pour heated soup into two bowls, spoon some of the garlicky ricotta on top, add a few burst and charred tomatoes, sprinkle with a few thyme leaves and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!
Serves 2 people plus a few extra bruschettas for snacking later or use more soup to serve more people