My neighbour keeps bringing me tomatoes, so many that we can’t keep up. So I decided I would make some tomato soup, from scratch, using her freshly picked, vine ripened tomatoes. Now this recipe would be perfect on a cool fall day, but I have the tomatoes today, so whatever. If she keeps giving them to me, like she said she will, I think I will freeze them so I can make this soup in another month or so. I use a blender to liquify my mixture, but if you have a hand held thingy that can go right in the pot, use that instead as it is so much easier; ours doesn’t work quiet right :( so I did this blender method. Also, if you are using canned tomatoes, or previously peeled tomatoes, you might want to skip the blender altogether, and eat it chunky.
5-6 cups chopped tomatoes (about 1 inch sized pieces, don’t worry about the size really)
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups chicken stalk
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
pinch of dried basil (ie, as much or as little as you like)
pinch of thyme (as much or as little as you like)
salt and sugar to taste (depends on your tomatoes which you will need, so taste as you go!)
In a large pot or dutch oven saute onions and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil, over medium heat, for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, and herbs to the pot, simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour the soup through a strainer (with a bowl underneath! You don’t want that liquid going down the drain), dump the tomato/onion/garlic lumpy part into a blender; liquify, and pour into the large bowl with the other liquid. In the same pot, now empty, melt the butter and add the flour, creating a roux. Cook the roux for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the liquid mixture into the roux, stir until there are no lumps. Once lump free, add the rest of the liquid in, and the milk. Taste to see if you need more salt or sugar, depending on the type of tomatoes you used.
Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich, and you have a perfect little meal. This meal was basically free, since the tomatoes were given to me from my neighbour’s garden! The only thing I bought specifically for this recipe was the chicken stock, I only used half the carton, so lets say that was about 80 cents worth. Cheap healthy dinner guys, doesn’t get any better!
And yes, I forgot to take pictures…
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