Back when I was first awakening to the world of cooking, food brands of all kinds were competing to capture our attention with FREE leaflets of mouth-watering recipes in the grocery stores. These recipes were some of my first as I ventured into the kitchen as a teen.
I found this recipe for Old-Fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup years ago at an IGA, and have made it numerous times over the years, though not recently.
Besides its yumminess, my biggest memory with this soup was blending it to perfection before the time of a hand-blender in our house:
Step #1: Pour hot soup into blender; put on lid.
Step #2: Put hand on lid, press “puree”.
Step #3: Stop blender, remove lid, check the state of the soup.
Step #4: Decide it’s too chunky still; replace lid, hold lid, press go.
Step #5: Hot soup flies up and hits lid, scalding hand. Hand releases juuuust enough to release soup in a perfect circle spray pattern, all over the kitchen.
Yup. That’s what they told me to do! Ummmm….. no. But jeepers, what a mess that was to clean up! – imagine hot red soup sprayed in a perfect radius all. over. the kitchen. Worth it, though – so yummy! And thank God for hand blenders now to avoid the blender shenanigans!
Without further ado, let me share this awesome recipe with you as it was originally published:
Old-Fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup:
You Will Need:
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 med. carrots, diced
1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c. diced celery
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1-28 oz. can Whole Tomatoes
1.5 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 c. milk or light cream
To Make It:
MELT butter in large heavy saucepan over medium heat.
SAUTE carrots, onion, garlic and celery about 5 minutes or until tender.
STIR in flour; add tomatoes, breaking apart, chicken broth, sugar and pepper.
BRING to a boil; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
PUREE in batches in blender or food processor; return to saucepan.
WHISK in milk and heat through.
Makes 4-6 Servings.
ps – this is a wonderful tomato soup recipe to make for using in this cute Valentines Day idea: mugs of soup garnished with heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches. Grab Pampered Chef’s Fruit and Cheese Cutters for this project – they’re perfect!