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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cheryl's Creamy Tomato Soup

This tastes a whole lot better than Campbell's.  It isn't that much more work.

¼ cup olive oil
1 large stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes
1-14 oz can chicken broth
1 bay leaf
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 Tbsp butter
½ cup whipping cream

Heat oil in saucepan and add chopped veggies, garlic, butter—saute stirring occasionally for 10-20 minutes.

Add tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, seasonings simmer 1 hour (depends on how much time I have whether it cooks for an hour or not).
Remove from heat add cream and cool enough to puree with immersion blender. (Before I had an immersion blender, we ate it with chunks which was good, too.)

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