Cozy Sunday evening meal
It is good with a little dried basil on top
I made and awesome salad: spinach, grilled chicken, bell peppers, carmelized onions, tomatoes, croutons, and avocado. Drizzle with BBQ Ranch and you are set!
Best Tomato Soup (Serves 6-7)
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 carton (48 ounces) chicken broth
1/2-1 cup milk (if you want it a little creamy)
Place tomatoes with juices in a blender; cover and process until pureed. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
Remove from the heat; stir in flour until smooth. Cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth. Add pureed tomatoes; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes to allow flavors to blend. If desired, sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2 quarts.
Slightly modifed from Taste of Homes Magazine (have to have account to see recipe, but can create one easily).
*There are a lot of cool topping ideas with this recipe: popcorn, tater tots, baked tortillas, gold fish, grilled cheese, pretzels, pasta, pepperonis, cheese slices...they had it as a kid-friendly recipe and the kids could have add-ins for their soup, I thought it was cute. I served mine with toasted sandwiches and cheesy tortillas (when we had company).