Friday, November 14, 2008

Tomato Soup

Early in our marriage I used to make a yummy tomato soup. The recipe came from The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook Vol. 2 by Kitty and Lucian Maynard.

Here are the ingredients for the Tomato Herb Soup:
1/2 c. olive oil, 3 c. celery, chopped, 2 c. onion, chopped, 1/2 c. flour, 1 46 oz. can V-8 juice, 2 qts. water, 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, 1 tbs chicken base, 2 tbs sugar, 1 tsp thyme, 2 bay leaves, 2 tbs parsley, 1 tbs basil, 1/2 tsp pepper and Parmesan cheese.

There are things in the original recipe that I don't eat, but I really wanted some soup like this, so I decided to try altering it. Here's the new recipe:

1/2 c. mix of olive oil, butter, and coconut oil
3 c. celery, chopped
2 c. onion, chopped
1 qt. homemade pasta sauce
1 qt. chicken broth
28 oz. can tomato puree
1/2 qt. water
1 tsp thyme, 2 tsp salt, 2 tbs parsley, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbs basil, 1/2 tsp pepper

Saute celery and onion in oil mixture until soft. Add remaining ingredients, stir well. Simmer 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Homemade Pasta Sauce
3 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 lbs tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeded cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tbs fresh basil, chopped OR 2 tsp dried
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
2 med. garlic cloves, minced

Saute onion in oil until soft. Add tomatoes. Cook until juice in reduced to desired consistency. Stir in basil, salt and garlic.


Mom said...

The soup sounds wonderful. I really like your new blog look too.

Christine said...

Thanks for posting the soup. I'll likely make some soon as I love tomato soup.

And, I love the new blog look! I'm thinking of changing mine again as I really don't love the background I chose. Gotta love the internet.

Mom to Anyone said...

Looks yummy. I love soups but have such a short window of time when they are appropriate for the weather. Soup season is just starting to begin. I'll have to try this.

Christine said...

I forgot to ask, what from your original recipe is not part of your diet? I'm trying to decide how to make it.

cheri said...

Sounds perfect for a cold, gloomy, windy day like today. Thanks for the recipe!

momawake said...

I leave out the V-8, flour, sugar, chicken base (I assume that's like bouillon.), and the Parmensan cheese.
Christine, if you want the original recipe directions let me know.

Anonymous said...

I love the new look to the blog!

When it's cold outside and you don't really want to eat a big bowl of stew, there's nothing better than tomato soup.

Mom to Anyone said...

Oh, and I just noticed that you served it in your new bowls!