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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cream of Tomato Soup

When the weather starts getting cooler I love making and eating soups of all kinds.  Often I will make soup and take to work for us to share and one that is often requested is cream of tomato soup.  I like mine thick and creamy and with a rich tomato flavor.   Here is how I do it.

3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
5 heaping tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 cups milk or half and half
4 cups crushed or pureed tomatoes
1 6-oz. can tomato paste

Heat the butter and oil together and add the chopped onion with a sprinkle of salt.  Fry until the onion begins to brown a bit.  Add the flour, baking soda and Mrs. Dash and stir well until the flour begins to brown a bit.   Pour in the milk (or half and half), whisking constantly until it begins to boil and thickens a bit.   Whisk in the tomato paste and then add the crushed tomatoes.   It may become very thick when you add the tomatoes and if it is too thick, add a bit more milk until you get the right thickness.   Heat until thoroughly hot.   Eat with crackers or the traditional grilled cheese sandwich.   Enjoy!