What do you make when it’s the last day before your next trip to the market? The cupboards and refrigerator are looking bare. I have a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, some broth and 1 package of fresh mushrooms and an onion. Let’s make a chowder!  This soup uses ingredients you probably have on hand, is really quick and easy to make and it tastes like something from a restaurant. It’s really great with a grilled cheese sandwich too. Classic comfort food!


  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced (I use cremini-baby bellas, they hold up better in soups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (if you don’t have fresh dried will do)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil (again, dried will do)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4  cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans organic fire roasted no salt diced tomatoes (regular tomatoes will do but the fire roasted add a wonderful flavor)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice,( sharp cheddar, swiss or gruyere work great)

    Muir Glen Fire Roasted Dice Tomatoes No Salt Added


  1. In a large kettle, saute the onions and mushrooms in the olive oil until tender.
  2. Add herbs, then stir in the flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  4. Thickening soup

  5. Add tomatoes and heat through, don’t boil.  
  6. Add tomatoes

  7. Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with 1/4 of the cheese or hold off on the cheese as a garnish and make cheese toasts or a cheese sandwich to go with your creamy yummy chowder.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 223, Cal. from Fat: 98, Total Fat: 11g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 21g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugars: 5.5g, Protein: 7g, Sodium: 200mg, Chol: 4.5mg


I use no salt tomatoes and low sodium vegetable stock so I can control the amount of sodium that ends up in my food. The recipe indicates adding 1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt so that you can add only the amount you need to enhance the taste of the ingredients.

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  1. Jeanne says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes because that is what I had. This chowder is delicious. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.

    • Kristy says:

      That’s great. I’m glad you enjoyed the chowder. It’s one of my favorites for the tastiness and how easy it is to make!


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