Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A quick homemade tomato soup

Today I was looking at a magazine and saw a picture of a butternut squash, which inspired me to make a soup for dinner. Weirdly enough, tomato soup :) By the time I got out of work and got Allie from the daycare and took care of our dog's "feeding and letting out ritual" I only had about 30 minutes before I needed to feed Allie.So there wasn't much time, but I had everything I needed for a quick soup.

Here we go. All I needed was:

1 carrot, shredded
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, shopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
28 oz and 14 oz cans of tomatoes (I had diced on hand, but whole would be great too)
1/2 cup of beef stock ( I know beef sounds strange, but it was the only kind I had and it worked wonderfully given its richer taste than that of chicken stock. Chicken stock would be a good substitute)
1/2 cup of half and half
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs sugar
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil (optional)

Heat up some olive oil right in the pan where you are making the soup. Once it's hot, add in celery, onions and carrots. Stir to combine and cover everything in the olive oil.

Give it 6-8 minutes to soften a cook a bit. Now add in minced garlic and fresh basil, if using

Let cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring not to let the garlic burn. 
Add the canned tomatoes

Immediately after add your beef stock. I usually pour the stock in the tomato can first and rinse it with the stock a bit just to make sure I get all the tomato bits. Then pour in the pan.

Stir everything together, cover with the lid and cook until it boils.

Once it boils, add in the sugar, just to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Then cover and cook for anther 10-15 minutes.

Once it's cooked, it's time to puree it (my favorite part). You can use either a blender (just make sure it's the kind that can take the heat), or an immersion blender, that by the way is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Puree until desired consistency.

To finish it off, add in the half and half, stir to combine, cover with the lid to let the half and half heat through.

Allie enjoyed the soup with some simple grilled cheese that she dipped in the soup.

Bon appetit! :)

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