Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quick Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese

Tuesdays are Scout nights so we usually have sandwiches.  I just can't oversee homework and cook a  meal in the window of time between school and scouts!  I had just planned on the grilled cheese, but I was freezing all day and thought soup would be a nice warm addition to the meal!  Of course, I made this decision after arriving home from work with no time to run out to the grocery!  I rummaged around my crisper drawer and came up with one carrot and three tomatoes.  Jackpot,  a steaming bowl of tomato soup was going to be had!!! I also had fresh basil courtesy of a friend at work who shared the bounty of her herb garden.  Thanks, Cindy!!  This meal took 45 minutes with half of that time of the soup simmering.  Perfect time to check homework!  

Quick Tomato Soup:

2 tbsp oil
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tomatoes, diced
4 cups water w/1 tsp chicken bouillon or 1 large container chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh basil
Salt & pepper to taste 

Heat oil in stock pot over a low-med burner.  Add the onion, garlic and carrot to the pot and cook until softened about 7-8 minutes.  Add liquid, basil and seasoning.  Turn down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  After 20 minutes, purée the soup in a blender or just use a potato masher to break it down if you don't have a blender.  Cook the soup for about 10 more minutes and serve hot!

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