Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homemade Tomato Soup

I have never made tomato soup and I really have never been a fan of the canned stuff. However, as I was trolling through The Brunette Foodie's website, I saw a recipe for tomato soup and perhaps it was weirdo pregnancy thing, it sounded good. So I asked my picky husband, hey what do you think of homemade tomato soup? And he said, as long as it came with grilled cheese it sounded good. So, off I went to make my own version of this recipe.

3 large tomatoes
3 carrots
1 small onion
16 ounces of Chicken Broth
mozzarella cheese
enough EVOO to go around the pan
black pepper
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
(I tend to never measure seasonings and just eyeball it)

First, I chopped up the carrots and onions.

Then I put the EVOO into a soup pan and threw in the onions and carrots. I put the garlic powder in also with the veggies. I cooked them until they were soft. (Basically, the time it took me to cut and somewhat peal the tomatoes.)

While the onions and carrots were cooking, I peeled the tomatoes (mostly, it is hard work!) and chopped them up.

Then I measured out 16 ounces of chicken broth.

Into the pot with the veggies went, the tomatoes, garlic powder and the rest of the seasonings. Then I brought the soup to a boil and let it boil for about 1 minute. Then I lowered the temp to simmering and let it go for about 45 minutes. When there was about 18 minutes left, my hubby did his thing and made us some delicious grilled cheese!

Our bowls with our soup and mozz cheese on top! Yummmm..

And the yummy grilled cheese!
Verdict? Hubby said, "this is waay better than I anticipated homemade tomato soup and nothing like I thought tomato soup was, but in a good way." I also wasn't sure what to think with the carrots being very chunky and I guess I envisioned something different, but it was super yummy! I loved the flavors and enjoyed dipping the grilled cheese in it. Definitely a fan of this over the canned stuff!