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Simple Tomato Soup

November 10, 2013
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I had never really eaten tomato soup up until about 2 years ago.  Never really had a desire to order it anywhere and for some reason I also thought it would be complicated to make (I’m all about simple, easy dishes).  I remember the first time my husband and I went to eat at Boudin, he ordered a bowl of tomato soup with a sloppy grilled cheese sandwich.  I took one bite together and my love affair with the combo so began.  What I didn’t realize at the time was how completely simple making your own is.  I don’t make soups too often, but this is one the whole family loves!

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Do you have a panini press?  If you don’t you MUST get one asap.  2 slices of bread with anything in between pressed for 2-3 minutes?  DE-licious.  Seriously, its ridiculous.  We use ours all of the time and no matter what combo we use, what type of bread we have, it always turns out perfect.  It really is like magic.  My favorite is a French bread roll though…. add some cheese and/or some fresh sliced chicken breast and you have yourself one of the best combos to ever hit your mouth!  So crunchy on the outside, soft and melty and warm on the inside.  Dipped in the soup?  Perfection.

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Simple Tomato Soup

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 Small chopped carrot
  • 1 Small chopped onion
  • 2 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregeno
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 6 tablespoons coconut milk or plain non fat yogurt

Directions

Step 1
Heat large pot under medium high heat and add olive oil.
Step 2
Saute onions and carrots 3-5 minutes until softened.
Step 3
Add chopped garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes then add spices/seasonings.
Step 4
Stir in tomato paste and cook 1-2 minutes.
Step 5
Add crushed tomatoes and once it begins to boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook 20-25 minutes.
Step 6
Carefully blend mixture using an emersion or regular blender until smooth.
Step 7
Tear basil into soup and stir.
Step 8
Top with 1 tablespoon yogurt if desired.

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