Sunday, February 21, 2016

Soup and more

Aaah it's Sunday.

I love soup. All kinds of soup. My current favorite is tomato.
The base of this soup is so versatile that you can do just about anything with it.

3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter
1 onion chopped relatively fine
2 cloves garlic minced - or more depending on how garlicky you like foods
4 Tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth - either work
56 oz of tomatoes - you can use 2 cans of whole that you blend up in a blender or crushed tomatoes.
      I have used all my home grown canned tomatoes and am now using store bought whole tomatoes.
      First can I blend smooth and the second can I will partially blend depending on how much tomato       chunks I want in it.
2 teaspoons sugar
salt/pepper to taste

The recipe I used calls for using a non reactive pot.
Put the oil and butter in the pot. When butter is melted add the onions until they are about translucent, then add your garlic. When the garlic is fragrant, but not browned add your flour making a roux. Then add your Italian seasoning. When the flour has browned up a little add your broth and then the tomatoes, sugar, salt/pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

I typically let it cook down on a simmer for about 20 minutes. It's at this point that you can do whatever you like to change up this soup. IF you are interested in making this a tomato vegetable soup now would be the time to add your veggies. I like to add broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots and by the time it's cooked down your veggies are perfect.

Another personal favorite is adding a box of Uncle Ben's wild rice. Make it according to the directions, then add the finished product to your soup and you've got an old fashioned tomato wild rice soup - YUM!

Serve anyway you like it - with grillers, patty melts, or whatever. I like just the soup, nothing else required.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time outside with the shovel and ice chopper making water ways to drain the water away from the barn. Quite a lot of our snow melted, but we've still got more to go.

88 more days until graduation.

1 comment:

tainterturtles said...

Wow, this soup sounds amazing! I really need to make your recipe Kellie. Did you say 88 days to graduation? No!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it, where does time go? You are really going to miss Chyann. Enjoy everyday with her Kellie......