I remember a year or so ago, there was a request for tomato soup. My friend Marne shared this one with me and I thought I'd pass it along.
TOMATO SOUP (Marne Southwick Clark)
(If you would rather use fresh tomatoes than bottled, quarter and squish a little over 2 quarts worth of tomatoes. Add 2 tsp. salt and cook them for about 30 minutes.)
1/2 cube butter
2 Tbsp. oil
1 chopped onion
1-2 garlic cloves (optional)
2 quarts bottled tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup flour
4 cups chicken or beef broth, DIVIDED
1 cup cream, evaporated milk, or any milk
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat butter and oil. Add onion (and garlic if desired) and sauté until tender.
Add tomatoes, bay leaf, and other spices. Simmer 10 minutes.
Mix flour with 1 1/2 cups broth. Stir broth mixture into tomato mixture. Add remaining broth and cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Ladle soup out into a blender, and blend until smooth (you will have to do this 2 or 3 times per batch of soup).
Pour from blender, through a strainer (if you want to get rid of any skins and seeds), and into a large bowl.
Add cream or milk to soup, and add salt and pepper to taste.
And if you're making this soup, you've got to try these new mini Premium soda crackers. Mary recommended these to me when I was sick a while ago. We all love them - even Maxie! They are so cute and little and so you don't have to crumble them to dust to put in your soup - unless, of course, you like cracker dust! Really - they are yum.