Tomato-Carrot Soup for You AND Your Dog!

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 14, 2015

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When you sit down to dinner, do you face a soulful gaze from your four-legged fur baby? Do you yearn to give your pooch just a spoonful of what you’re eating, but you know people food is not generally advised for dogs?

Author Gayle Pruitt, a certified nutritionist and chef, aims to change that, with her charming cookbook “Dog-Gone Good Cuisine,” (2014; St. Martin’s Griffin; $21.99).

With 100+ recipes that suit both the family and Fido, Pruitt is touting nutritious cooking that is free of corn, sugar, soy and gluten — things dogs don’t need.

Salmon Florentine, anyone? How about Curried Beef Sliders, Oven-Fried Chicken, Turkey Meatballs, Baked Cauliflower and Minty Fruit Roll-Ups for dessert? If the recipes don’t win you over (and they will!), the photography seals the deal. The dogs in this book win the Internet, paws down.  

Food fit for man and beast needn’t be bland. She helpfully lists herbs and spices that are safe for both humans and dogs (parsley, dill, basil, fennel bulb and seed, turmeric, clove, ginger, fenugreek, cinnamon, for example).

Contemplating a savory brisket from Dog-Gone Good Cuisine on ShockinglyDelicious.comNow, when you ring the dinner gong, it won’t just be your children who are drooling. 🙂

Tomato-Carrot Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Flavorful and healthy for man AND his best friend, this is a filling meal for lunch or dinner. Two paws up for this delicious soup!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced organic tomatoes
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 4 to 5 slices
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 quart water or vegetable broth (no onions or garlic)
  • 3 medium carrots cut into 1/4 x 2-inch sticks
  • 12 grape-size tomatoes, halved
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus 5 whole basil leaves, cut into chiffonade, for garnish
  • Dash of Celtic sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Add the tomatoes, carrots, potato, lentils, and water to a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.
  2. Using a handheld immersion blender or food processor, purée the soup until silky smooth.
  3. Blanch carrot sticks in boiling water until barely soft. Shock in ice water and reserve for garnish. Add the grape tomatoes, chopped basil, and salt, stir, and cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in the olive oil.
  4. Cut the whole basil leaves into a chiffonade (stack the basil leaves and roll them into a tube shape, then cut across the ends of the rolled leaves to make little ribbons). Garnish the top of the soup with the blanched carrot sticks, sprinkle a few “ribbons” of basil over the carrot sticks, and serve.
  5. Serves 4.


Recipe source: From Dog-Gone Good Cuisine by Gayle Pruitt; photographs by Joe Grisham. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

Why no onions or garlic? Why no onions or garlic in the soup or the broth? Pruitt says onions, garlic, shallots and chives can cause anemia in canines.

Dorothy’s note: If you would like to make this soup without serving it to any hounds, feel free to add some chopped onion and garlic to the soup at the beginning.

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine coverDisclosure: St. Martin’s Griffin sent a copy of the book for review.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie February 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

What an interesting concept..a cookbook for humans and dogs. The soup sounds great…don’t know if my dog would agree or not!


Dorothy Reinhold February 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

It is a REALLY fascinating cookbook, and everything I saw in it looked like something I would eat!


Susie Gall February 16, 2015 at 5:01 am

This is a terrific idea for a book…and this soup sounds delicious.


Dorothy Reinhold February 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

It really IS a great book! I liked the looks of every single recipe in here.


Alice February 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

I love this!!! I just lost my dog about two weeks ago but I can appreciate this cookbook as I have many friends that do feed their dogs scraps, especially their aging dogs.
What a neat cookbook though, this is the first of it’s kind that I’m aware of!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

I am so sorry about your dog. It might be the first, you’re right. Although I think this author has a prior dog food book as well.


Nicole Neverman February 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

This soup sounds delicious, and what a fun idea having a recipe that both us and our dog can enjoy 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Nicole!


Linda (Meal Planning Maven) February 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

As a completely obsessed dog lover, I am in love with this post and soup! I must get this book!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

There are so many recipes in here that sound utterly delicious!


The Ninja Baker February 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Grrrrreat post, Dorothy! Mention of such gourmet fare and adorable photos of canine make me want to buy a dog!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I covet a dog!


Barrett at Dirty Laundry Kitchen February 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I’d be afraid that I would try my (already finicky) dog to never eat her kibble again! This is a very cute book.


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

I think that is this author’s plan, to get your dog off kibble. 🙂


Barbara | Creative Culinary February 14, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Now I’m really missing my dog! She would eat anything so we had to watch her to make sure she didn’t get into anything bad for dogs. I was really missing her today when baking too…boy did she keep my floor clean!

I love tomato soup…can’t wait to try something with a bit more oomph to it!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:36 am

I just want to hug this little dog!


Patricia @ Grab a Plate February 14, 2015 at 10:25 am

This is awesome! I have one of those “gazers!” Great post!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

Thank you! Ha…the eyes. They beg without words.


Laura @MotherWouldKnow February 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

We never fed our dog table food, but I suppose there are those who do. In any event, I’m drooling over this soup and if it happens to be dog-friendly, so be it:)


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:38 am

We were always taught not to feed table food, as well. It’s a new concept to make food that both peeps and pups like!


pam (Sidewalk Shoes) February 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

I need a cookbook for me and my cats!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:38 am

Great idea! Salmon patties…tuna salad…


Rebecca February 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

Love that I can feed this to my baby too! He always gives me such pitiful looks when we are eating!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:38 am

It’s the eyes, eh?


Liz February 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

Thank you Dorothy. Happy Valentine’s to you and your family.


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:39 am

Right back atcha Liz!


Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life February 14, 2015 at 7:41 am

Aw this made me smile this morning – as I’m such a dog lover! Love this! And the recipe looks delicious. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:39 am

Glad to give you your first smile of the day!


Alisa @ Go Dairy Free February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am

That is such a cool idea! I have tons of dog owner friends who would have such fun with this!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2015 at 6:40 am

So many of these recipes are “allergy friendly” for people, too! It’s a great little cookbook, for lots of reasons.


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