Friday, February 28, 2014

Tomato Soup

This has been quite a brutal winter for the northeast. Everyone has been stuck inside for long periods of time.  I'm not sure how much more I can take, and I LIKE winter.  With the upcoming new Snowmagedon on Monday, I thought I'd share a recipe with you that takes time but is very worth it.  Ive been experimenting with quite a few new savory recipes, but I truly love this savory soup. This time I made it with canned tomatoes, but would love to remake it during the summer with fresh tomatoes.  

Tomato Soup

·       1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
·       1 cup diced carrots
·       1 cup diced celery
·       1 cup diced onion
·       1 28 oz of whole tomatoes, w/ juice
·       1 Tablespoon dried basil  (You can substitute fresh, I just didn’t have any on hand)
·       1 Tablespoon bay leaves
·       1 Tablespoon thyme
·       4 cups of Chicken Broth or Vegetable
·       2/3 cup of parmesan cheese, divided
·       2 Tablespoons of butter
·       2 Tablespoons of flour
·       1 Cup of 1 percent Milk
·       1 teaspoon of salt

Heat olive oil in a large pot and add the onion, carrots, and celery in to brown for about 5 to 10 minutes.  After they brown, add the tomatoes and the juice and crush up the tomatoes with your hands.  Then add the chicken broth, basil, bay leaves and thyme.

Simmer the soup for an hour and a half.  Stirring occasionally.  

After the veggies are soft and the flavors blend, blend the soup with an immersion blender or in small batches with a blender until smooth.  

In a separate pot, melt butter and add the flour, stirring constantly.  After its combined to make a rue, slowly stir in the milk.  Allow it to thicken and become fluffy.  Then add to the soup pot.

Add 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese along with the milk mixture and allow the soup to simmer for another half hour.  Use some of the leftover Parmesan cheese to dress up the soup when it's served.   Serve with grilled cheese and a small salad.

Stay tuned for next week's blog on another savory winter recipe, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls....

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