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