Thursday, May 3, 2007

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is one of the simplest but most delicious things you can make. Once you try a homemade version, you'll never want to eat the canned variety again. While the recipe below does involve opening a bunch of cans, it has a great homemade flavor due to the fresh onion and butter. The crushed tomatoes lend the soup a thicker texture than the syrupy, gluey stuff you might be used to getting in cans. If you'd like, you can substitute one can of crushed tomatoes for a can of diced or petite diced tomatoes for even more texture. You could also try using all diced tomatoes and blending the soup with a stick blender when its done simmering. This soup is great on its own, but it would also be nice dressed up with some cheese, torn basil or croutons.

Tomato Soup:

1 medium onion chopped finely
2 tblsp. butter
2 tblsp. olive oil
3 tblsp. flour
1/2 a can of tomato paste
2 big cans crushed tomatoes
2 cans veggie broth
-saute onions in butter and oil until soft
-add tomato paste and flour and cook for a few minutes
-add crushed tomatoes and broth and simmer for 20-30 mins.
-season w/ salt, pepper, basil, and whatever else you might have on hand (basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, etc.)

In homage to the show I went to last night: Listening:  Chris Cornell- "No Such Thing"

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