Soup’s On!

Cold, dreary winter days are just made for hot tomato soup.  Just a few ingredients tossed into the blender can be transformed into a steaming bowl of pure sunshine!

 1. Roast some tomatoes! Here, I’ve halved some Roma tomatoes and tossed them in EVOO and salt.  Sometimes I add some onion. Hot oven for an hour

2. To your blender, add some carrot, celery, garlic, basil, and stock.  I like vegetable, but chicken is fine too.  Blend it to your liking; I splurged on a VitaMix last year, and it has a soup setting.  At this point, I simply push “start.” It runs for about 7 minutes and I have hot soup at the end, blended to the perfect consistency.  If you don’t have a fancy heating blender, just heat it all on the stove (bring to a boil and simmer for ~20 min) and blend carefully a small bit at a time, or use a stick blender.

Lunchtime!  It’s not much to look at; the color isn’t what I expected, but it was delicious! And as you can see it made enough to save. Super convenient to take to work and reheat in your coffee mug.  Adding some protein (or even better: a cobb salad) rounds out the perfect lunch.