Posted here because I don’t want to figure this out for the fourth time:
Our Tomato Soup
1/2 onion minced
3 or 4 cloves of garlic
6 cups of chopped tomatoes (If you have a little kitchen helper like I do, let them squish the tomatoes between their fingers over the pot before they drop them in. That’s Ender’s very favorite cooking thing ever.)
3 cups chicken stock,
3 tablespoons of butter
a bit of flour- maybe a tablespoon or two.
1/2 cup-ish of milk or cream- we usually use whole milk since that what Ezra drinks, therefore what we have around.
about a tablespoon of sugar
salt and pepper to taste.
Saute the onion and garlic in a very small amount of olive oil. Enough to saute, not enough to leave an oily film on the top of your soup. Add the tomatoes and stock and boil covered until mostly mushy- about 15-20 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or pour the tomato mixture into your regular blender. Blend it together til you’re happy with the texture, then if you want to get rid of the bits of skin in there use a mesh strainer to strain out those skin pieces. We leave it all in.
Back in the pot, throw in the butter, melt it down a bit then add flour. This will thicken your soup, so you can fudge with the amounts a bit to make your soup thinner or thicker. Whisk until there aren’t many lumps, then add a bit of the tomato mixture to it and whisk that in too til the lumps are gone.
Back in your blender if you still have room, add your milk. If there isn’t, pour the rest of the tomato mixture back into your pot and whisk the milk in. The 1/2 cup thing is definitely a 1/2 cup-ish sort of thing. I pour a little, whisk a little, pour a little, whisk a little- until it looks like it’s a good shade of red. After that I taste it and then add some sugar (somewhere around a tablespoon) and salt and pepper to taste.
We like to have this with breadsticks- great for dipping. 🙂
This recipe makes enough for the 4 of us to eat our fill on super hungry days, but usually we have enough for Superman or I to have a bowl the next day. Ender and Superman top it with cheese, I top with a bit of sour cream. Ezra doesn’t seem to care yet. Superman really wants me to make it with some crumbled bacon next time, but that wouldn’t be so good on the old diet, would it?