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French Onion Tomato Soup

Temperatures are dipping down today.  It’s only 15C (59F) outside today.  After all the humidity this weekend it feels chilly.  In fact Ella is lying here on the floor snuggled up in Daddy’s flannel shirt/jacket.  I had some tomatoes left over from Market, so I decided to make some soup.  It’s a new variation on tomato soup.

French Onion Tomato Soup

3 large onions (6 cups sliced)               2 cloves garlic, minced

2T butter and oil                                       16-18 tomatoes, rough chop

2 c chicken stock                                      1/2 t oregano

salt & pepper to taste

Put tomatoes into a saucepan and simmer, uncovered for 30-40 minutes.  Meanwhile, slowly saute the onions until golden.  Add the garlic for the last few minutes.

Carefully put the tomatoes (skins and all) in the blender and process until smooth.  Please don’t overload the blender.  Hot stuff in blenders are dangerous.

When all the tomatoes have been processed, add in the onion mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.

This soup can be served as is, with a sprinkle of Parmesan or you can give it the full French onion treatment.  Pour soup over croutons and top with cheese, then broil to melt the cheese.

This recipe is shared over at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday.

 

Recipe Update:  to enjoy this soup out of season, use a 28oz can of pureed tomatoes.  Tastes just as good and you don’t need to use the blender either.

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We were supposed to have company this weekend.  Daddy’s best friend Keith, from Centralia College, and family were supposed to be up from London.  Their little girl is 2 and they have a little guy turning 1 this month.  Ella was so looking forward to playing with Rachel.  She even went through her toys and put away all the little stuff that Brandon couldn’t have.  But poor Rachel has been fighting off a cold for a week or so and now it’s turned to pneumonia.

It’s turned out to be a much quieter weekend than expected.  I’m actually home alone tonight.  Ella and I went over to Grandma’s to cut grass this afternoon.  When it was time to come home she asked to stay.  So I said yes.  Colin and Dad are going to the tractor pull over in Beachburg tonight.  I was invited, but a tractor pull is about the last place you’d find me -too loud for starters.  I forget how much admission is, but I’d be better to save my admission money and buy wool  🙂

I had a cauliflower that I was going to gratin to have with the roast chicken but since there’s no company I won’t.  So I turned the cauliflower into soup for Grandma.  I know this is an odd time of year to be thinking about soup, but I like to make soup when the vegetables are fresh and then pop them into the freezer for winter enjoying.  Here’s a couple of our favourites.

Cream of Cauliflower or Broccoli

2T butter                                            3 c cauliflower/broccoli, chopped fairly small

1 onion, sliced                                 1 c beef broth

1 c potato, sliced                            2 c milk, any kind we usually have 2%

2 T butter                                          2 T cornstarch

salt & pepper

Saute onions in butter until soft.  Add in potatoes and broth.  Simmer, covered, until soft.  Add vegetables and simmer 5 minutes.  Blend carefully -the blender will try to spit.  Separately, melt butter and add cornstarch.  Carefully add milk, salt and pepper.  Stir till fairly thick.  Add pureed vegetables.  Do not boil.

Tomato Soup

3 T butter or bacon fat                        3 onions, chopped

2 lbs ripe tomatoes, chopped but not peeled

1 t sugar                                                   1/2 t salt, to taste

1 c chicken stock

Saute onions until golden.  Add tomatoes, sugar, salt and stock.  Simmer, covered, until soft; about 30 minutes.  Blend in the blender, again be careful.  It’s best to cover the blender lid with a tea towel and hold on tight.  Also, don’t over fill the blender jar.

Kartoffel Suppe (potato soup)

2 c potatoes, sliced -about 6 medium

1 garlic                                          1 onion, chopped fine           2T butter

3 c salted water                        3 c milk, again whatever is in the house

3 T cornstarch                          3 T butter or bacon fat

salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter until soft and golden.

In another pot, boil potatoes and garlic in the water until tender.  Remove garlic and put the potatoes through a ricer (save water).  Add potatoes and onions back to cooking water.   In another pot, melt butter/fat.  Add in cornstarch and carefully blend in milk.  Stir till fairly thick.  Add to potato mixture and simmer.  Do not boil.  This soup is very good with homemade garlic croutons.

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