Do you always opt for the store bought can of soup? Have you tried your own home made version? Well, I always went for the can and never thought I could pull off making soup from scratch. That's when I came across this recipe, and oh my god, it looked delicious and simple enough, I just had to try it.
This is the link to the recipe I found - http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-cream-of-tomato-soup-156693
Paired with some yummy Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches ( http://artistiquerecipes.blogspot.com/2012/09/31-spinach-pesto.html ), this becomes the lunch for the Gods! :)
Unsalted Butter - 2 tbsp
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Dried Basil - 1.5 tsp
Cloves - Ground, a pinch
Flour - 2 tbsp
Diced Tomatoes in puree - 1 can
Baking Soda - a pinch
Vegetable Stock - 2 cups
Milk - 1.5 cups
Tomato paste - as needed
Black Pepper powder
Melt the butter in a pot. Add the onions to this and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are transparent and soft. Do not brown.
Add cloves and basil. Cook for 1 -2 minutes. To this, add the flour. Cook for another 2 minutes stirring well. Add the tomatoes, baking soda and vegetable stock.
Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from flame. Once it cools down, puree it in a blender. Remember to do this in batches to avoid spills.
Pour this pureed soup back in the pot and bring back to the flame. Add the milk to this and stir to blend well. Add more milk, if required, to achieve the required consistency.
Add a little tomato paste to this for more tomato flavor.
Add salt and pepper.
Serve Hot and Enjoy!! :)