Tyler’s mom sent him home with a big jar of this soup, and I can’t get enough. It’s got a lot of flavor and is filling. I think adding ground Italian sausage would be a great way to get some extra protein.

This fall's "cold rainy day" soup.

  • 3 quarts stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cups of your favorite Bloody Mary mix*
  • 10-15 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 10 oz. spinach
  • 8 oz. good Swiss cheese (I like Leerdammer because it’s so creamy), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Heat the stewed tomatoes, Bloody Mary mix and basil in a large pot over medium heat until hot. Add the spinach and cook until it all has wilted. Turn off the heat, drop in the cheese chunks and stir to partially melt them. Serve warm.

*Note: If you don’t have a Bloody Mary mix available, use 3 cups tomato juice, 3 Tbs. each of lemon and lime juice, 1 Tbs. horseradish, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1 tsp. minced garlic, salt and pepper.