I just got word that school will be out again tomorrow. I’m curled with corn bags and blankets in my tiny apartment, enjoying a hot bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Winter is redeemed.
Here’s my recipe — a guaranteed cure for the winter blues.
3 T butter 16 oz chicken or veggie stock
1 chopped onion 2 stalks of celery
2 lg cans of diced tomatoes 2-3 carrots
2 T parsley 1/2 t thyme
3 oz cream salt & pepper
I put the onion (and usually a clove or 2 of garlic), carrots, and celery in the food processor to make sure they are very finely chopped, then saute the veggies in butter until they are fragrant and soft. Then, I add the tomatoes and simmer until everything is very tender (30ish minutes). When this base has cooled a bit, I run it back through my food processor until I get the consistency I like, then it goes back on the stove. The stock, cream, and seasoning go in last & get simmered until everything looks bubbly and delicious. Best served steaming & topped with crumbles of parmesan cheese.