Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Homemade Tomato Soup

One of my family's favorite meals is a timeless classic:  Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Today it was cloudy and dreary.  A perfect day to whip up some soup and warm yourself up on the insides. I am a busy person, especially at lunch time.  The children want fed and they don't want to wait. 

I despise opening can after can of soup.  My fingers ache and I end up cussing out the poor can opener.  That poor utensil has heard more four letter words than a sailor, but what am I supposed to do?  Doesn't tomato soup only come in cans?

I had an "aha" moment one day when I was reading a book series titled Emma's Gift written by Leisha Kelly.  In one of the books, a young man whips up tomato soup.  DUH!  Why didn't I think of this sooner?  I must have really believed that Campbell's was the only place to get tomato soup from.  SO I googled and finagled a recipe that I could easily turn out.

I have to say that it's easier than opening 5 cans of soup, cheaper, and everyone can get their fill.  I even prefer my version to the can.

Here is what you need:
  • 1 large can tomato juice (I have used homemade tomato juice from my garden also!)
  • Almost 1 large can water-  just use the same can the tomato juice came in
  •  1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 diced large onion or 1/4 cup dried onion
Here is what you do:

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter.  Add your onion, salt, pepper, and flour.  You may need to adjust the seasonings to suit your family's tastes.  Brown for a bit.

  • Add the tomato juice and whisk.
  • Add the can of water.  You may also like to use milk.  We prefer water.  It all depends on your family's taste buds.

  • Whisk and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly and watch it thicken.  Let it cook for a few minutes. 

  • Serve warm.  You can add sour cream, croutons, crackers, or eat plain.  We enjoy it with warm grilled cheese! 

What is your favorite comfort food?

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