I have a habit of tearing recipes out of magazines and putting them in a desk drawer to “try later”. They languish at the bottom of the drawer, never to be seen again. I finally needed to clean out my desk. I was determined to continue my purging of the unnecessary (goal for 2010, but obviously does not include important things like books, music, camera equipment and dishes). Many recipes were thrown out. I am so glad this wasn’t one of them. WB loves this soup. I love this soup. I must share. We make a lot of homemade soups but neither of us has tried tomato before. I am not sure why. Maybe it is because there is beef and barley, Manhattan clam chowder, albondigas, posole, tortilla soup – well, the list could go on and on. The weather turns cool and we are ready for soup. Actually WB could eat soup every single day, even during the heat of the summer. I first made this soup two weeks ago and the third batch is cooking right now. It is easy. It is cheap. It is fast. But most importantly, it really is good.
(I don’t know which magazine to attribute it to and for that, I apologize. It may be Cooking Light.)
Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup
1 cup beef broth, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
5 garlic cloves
2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup half and half
cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 500°.
Combine 1/2 cup broth, sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in a small bowl.
Place onion, garlic and tomatoes in a 13x9 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Pour broth mixture over tomato mixture.
Bake at 500° for 50 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned (don’t worry if there are some dark spots – the flavor is still wonderful).
Place tomato mixture in a blender (I used a food processor).
Add remaining 1/2 cup broth and half and half and process until smooth.
Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids (I didn't do this).
Garnish with cracked black pepper, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
First time, I added some homemade croutons. So good with a quesadilla on the side.