Saturday, October 1, 2011

Soup Weather Coming Up!

There is an ever so slight coolness to the air, meaning autumn and winter are on the way.  One of my favorite meals as the weather cools is soup.  Last night we had a light dinner of fresh tomato soup, grilled gouda cheese sandwiches and a green salad.  Here's my recipe for tomato soup:

Fresh tomato soup

1 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, chopped into 1 1/2 inch dice
3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small/medium onion, diced
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. ground cumin
2-3 TBSP Olive oil
2-3 cups chicken or veggie broth
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a heavy bottom soup pot over medium, heat the olive oil then add the garlic and onion along with 1 tsp salt.  Stir until the onion is somewhat soft, but do not brown- be sure the garlic doesn't brown either.  Add the turmeric and cumin and stir for a couple of minutes to cook the spices (do not burn).  Add tomatoes and stir.  Cook the tomatoes for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add the chicken broth and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Turn off heat, puree the soup either with an immersion stick blender or regular blender (if using regular blender, blend in batches, filling the blender no more than half way before blending, use a tea towel to hold the top of the blender on, beware of steam coming from the top of the blender as it works).  Place the soup back on the stove and heat thru. Serve in soup bowls with a generous dollop of yogurt.  Enjoy!

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