Hmmm…Day 7? Soup for two

There is nothing more comforting than tomato soup.  I remember tomato soup as a favorite meal before mom (who was a home economics teacher at the time) might have to rush off to a high school basketball game to keep gate or run the concession stand.  (Those are the joys and duties of public school teachers that the public sometimes forgets—it is not an 8-3 job.)

My sister and I loved this meal of canned tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, a fast and easy meal for mom and a comforting meal for us.  (However, on a not so healthy note, I just remembered that we loved to put Cheetos in our tomato soup!)

I have grown, culinarily speaking, from that love of condensed tomato soup (and Cheetos) so here is my take on updating that classic.

A few local ingredients: home-canned tomatoes, local honey, and home-grown garlic.

Tuscan Tomato Soup

1 T. extra virgin olive oil
5 cipollini onions, peeled and quartered (or about half of a white onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 c. red wine

1 (14.5 oz.) can Italian style diced tomatoes
(I used 1 pint of our garden grown canned tomatoes with peppers and onions.)
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 T. pure organic honey
1/2 t. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 t. freeze dried basil
pinch  crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt or reduced fat sour cream
Fresh ground pepper
1/8 c. grated Parmesan cheese

In 3-quart saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook 5 minutes (over med-low heat), stirring constantly, until onion starts to brown.  Add garlic and cook one minute more.  Deglaze pan with red wine and turn up heat.  Cook for about 2 minutes or until reduced by half.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, honey, and red pepper flakes.  Add rosemary and basil.  Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and puree with a stick blender.  Whisk in yogurt.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.  Serve with some great bread for dipping in the soup. Makes 2 servings.  This recipe is easily doubled.

Dinner is served.

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2 comments to Hmmm…Day 7? Soup for two

  • Liz

    I don’t think I’ve ever had canned tomato soup, but I’m giggling at the thought of putting Cheetos into it (I was a big Cheetos fan!). Your soup looks fantastic..those herbs, the Parm, the wine…wonderful!!!