Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

While we were in Texas, Cherise also made this fabulous soup for us. It's divine. I don't know if I'll ever be able to have tomato soup from a can ever again now. =)
For the kids she added small spiral noodles called "tigger tails". You can get them at Costco, I guess. The kids really enjoyed eating their soup with "tigger tails" in it!

the goods:
2 ¼ sticks of butter
3 T olive oil
1 ½ large onion, sliced
¾ tsp thyme
¾ tsp basil
1 large 28 oz can Italian tomatoes
4 ½ T tomato paste
1/3 cup flour
5 ½ cups chicken broth
2 tsp sugar
1 ½ cups half and half
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine 2 sticks butter and olive oil in 6 quart pot. Add onion, thyme, basil, salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Add tomatoes and tomato paste.

Blend flour into ½ cup chicken broth and stir into tomato mixture. Add remaining 5 cups chicken broth and simmer 30 minutes.

Transfer soup to food processor and puree.** Heat sugar and half and half in small pot. Simmer 5 minutes. Add 1/4 stick of butter. Add to tomato mixture. Stir thoroughly.

Serves 9-12

**Mixture can be frozen, but freeze without sugar and cream. When ready to serve, defrost and continue recipe as follows.

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