When it looks like this outside...
...all I want to do is eat. More specifically, eat things like baked mac and cheese and chicken pot pie and fudge brownies and hot toddy's (not a food, I realize).
This afternoon, I decided to kill two birds with one rock: eat something comforting and try out my new immersion blender. Creamy Tomato Soup! After reading through a bunch of recipes, I came up with the one below. More about the immersion blender at the end of the blog... it pretty much changed my life today.
Creamy Tomato Soup
2 T olive oil
1 small onion
4 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
3 sprigs thyme
3 T flour
2 14oz. cans diced tomato
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup cream
dash of hot sauce
Finely chop onion, carrot, leek and garlic cloves. Remember to thoroughly clean leek, they're sandy.
Heat olive oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, leek and garlic. Saute until soft, 8 minutes or so. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
Add 3 T flour, stirring frequently for 2 more minutes.
Then, add canned tomatoes and vegetable stock. I used one can of regular diced tomatoes and one can of fire roasted, for more flavor.
Bring up to a boil and then down to a simmer for 15 minutes.
Use immersion blender to puree soup. Make sure to emerge blender in liquid, otherwise you're stuck with a hot mess.
Serve with grilled cheese! Or something else if you have a better idea, although I can't imagine you do.
Ok, the immersion blender. I used to puree soups by ladling small spoonfuls into my tiny cuisinart, batch after batch after batch. It took forever, and made a mess. This hand blender is fast, convenient, mess-free and POWERFUL. Seriously, I feel like putting on a mask and scaring the neighbors with it.