|Little, golden, buttery babies.|
Today we had friends over for a casual evening of food, board-games and TV reruns. We usually order delivery on lazy days like this, but I was feeling ambitious and offered to cook. Two people simultaneously exclaimed, "grilled cheese!" Who am I to argue with a jinx? And this soup is the perfect companion. [Side note: the grilled cheese recipe is super-simple and requires very little ingredients or prep so I chose to focus here on the soup. For more on homemade grilled cheese baked in the oven click here: Grilled Cheese (*Girl From Scratch modification: I added black forest ham to the grilled cheese)].
Tomato Soup From Scratch
|Cast of Characters|
|Drain 3 large cans of diced tomatoes in roasting pan. Reserve the juices. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to tomatoes and roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.|
|In a soup pot drizzled in olive oil add celery...|
|... and onion. I like to use a grater for the onion so there aren't huge chunks of it in the soup.|
|Sweatin' to the veggies! Richard Simmons-style!|
|Once roasted, add tomatoes to the softened root vegetables and simmer.|
|Add tomato paste to make it less watery.|
|Add chicken stock (to make it more watery).|
|Freshly chopped basil.|
|Blend until smooth. An immersion blender is easier, but you can also use a normal blender (it just takes a little more time to transfer back and forth).|
|Add a splash of half-n-half or cream.|
Nail Color: OPI Funky Dunky
*Girl From Scratch Modifications: I changed it to fit my needs and tastes. For starters, I didn't measure anything (one carrot more or less doesn't make a difference) and used extra cans of tomatoes to yield more soup. This original recipe only makes a few small servings, so I basically quadrupled it with more tomatoes and chicken broth. I added 2 tablespoons of sugar to take away some of the tanginess and a can of tomato paste to take away the watery-ness. In general, I used less cream and less olive oil than recommended, and no butter. It turned out great and my guests were delighted. Now... on to sitcoms, Scrabble, and of course, soup!
This is the second time I've made this recipe, and have modified it a little each time. I'd love to hear your experiences, thoughts, and suggestions. What do you think of this recipe?