This toasty little bowl of memories brings me back to the days of living in the renovated shed. Since this recipe only required the use of my plug-in burner and smoothie-maker, it was the perfect meal to whip up after we got home.
I used the slightly-bruised tomatoes from the garden center where I worked, which made this meal even better – healthy, homemade, and practically free.
Not sure where I heard the original recipe, but the card is written in my aunt’s handwriting. So thank you, dear aunt, for inspiring these scrumptious memories.
5-Ingredient Tomato Soup
- 2 T. Butter or olive oil
- 1/2 C. Chopped onion
- 2 (14.5 oz) Cans diced tomatoes OR 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes & 2 C. diced fresh or frozen-thawed tomato (I experiment with the ratio of fresh to canned tomatoes almost every time, so this recipe is fairly forgiving)
- 1 C. Chicken broth
- 1 C. Heavy cream OR half and half OR a combination of sour cream and water (again, you can experiment)
- Optional as garnish: oregano, chives, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese
- In a medium-sized saucepan, sauté onions in butter or oil until they are translucent
- Add tomatoes, broth, and cream to saucepan
- Stir to combine
- Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes (about 10-15 minutes if using fresh tomatoes)
- Blend soup in blender until smooth (NOTE: when blending something hot, only fill blender about halfway, because the mixture will expand significantly while you blend)
- Garnish as desired
- Serve with crackers, salad, or cheese toast
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What kind of foods bring you fond memories of simple days?
Even without the soup, cheese toast reminds me of my childhood. I had to improvise since we didn’t own a toaster oven. I remember standing much too close to the microwave, excitedly watching the cheese melt and bubble all over my toast. 20 seconds = perfect cheese toast.
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