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Monday, November 29, 2010

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

This soup is extremely simple to make and has a fresh taste, waaay better than anything out of a can or box. Serve it up with a gourmet grilled cheese (we love grilled cheese on artisan sourdough bread with multiple cheeses & herbs inside) and you've got a cozy winter's night dinner.

Puree in your blender or processor:

(1) 32 oz can whole Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon basil
salt & pepper to taste
1" thick slice of medium sized white onion (about 3 tablespoons)
1-2 garlic cloves (optional)

The first time we had this, Garrett whipped it up for dinner. He didn't put any garlic in it and I actually enjoyed the taste of it better without the garlic. It was a very mellow and smooth soup; the garlic stands out and is a strong flavor. Having said that, it is winter time and garlic is a natural antioxidant that has been used for centuries to boost the immune system because of its medicinal qualities; especially against the common cold and flu. So we put garlic into everything during the winter months. For us, it's a matter of health, so we say "Bring on the Garlic!"

Pour the soup into a pot and heat it up. Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or with croutons and cheese in the soup, if you prefer. Enjoy!

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