i tried tomato soup for the first time in college. big k and i used to trek it to Dalton Hall and without fail, grab a salad (to counter the beer we were drinking!) and soup. it's a wonder that she and i met, we are so alike but had it not been for a frat boy, we wouldn't have been friends. one night, grilled cheese sandwiches were on the menu and the accompanying side was campbell's tomato soup. you would've thought she and i had been starved for weeks the way we were inhaling that soup! it was just so comforting, two hung over girls in the corner of the cafeteria, dipping our grilled cheese in the soup and wondering if we could pull ourselves together for another night out. i always think of that night when it's cold and i'm craving some grilled cheese and tomato soup.
and so, with the last of the tomatoes bob gave me last week, i made a gorgeous pot of tomato soup early in the week to keep in the freezer. i know that the colder nights are coming and i want to be prepared. i tend to hiberate in the autumn and winter months and having choices in my freezer would be nice.
Cream of Tomato Soup
(i made this on the fly, and with what i had handy)
two large ripe tomatoes, diced
couple sprigs thyme
1 leek, diced til up to the dark part of the stalk (be sure to wash!)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of cream
1/2 cup of milk
in a soup pot, heat up the olive oil. when it's heated thru, add in the leeks and garlic, til translucent, about 5 minutes. the tomatoes go in next and allow to simmer. season with salt and pepper. at this point, i started picking the thyme leaves off the stem and threw them in as i went along. finally, i poured in the cream and milk. i brought it a slow gentle boil, adjusted the seasoning and turned off the heat. allow the soup to cool before blending it. blend it till the desired consitstency. i like mine nice and smoooooooth. :) serve with a nice chunky bread (if you're able to eat it...) or of course... grilled cheese sandwiches. :) i curled up on my favorite chair with a bowl and plate of caprese bread, and i wasn't even hung over. yum.
Last note, don't forget about the Save the Boobies Project, aka Boobie Bake Off!