Good Day Alabama: Classic Tomato Soup

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Classic Comfort 

A bowl of tomato soup always seems to hit the spot anytime.
Cozy up a classic with a few simple additions to each serving.

A panini press melts cheese between buttery bread slices in a snap.
If creamy sounds dreamy, dollop or add a splash of dairy to the mug.
Feel the warmth well before spring truly blossoms.

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makes 8 servings

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 {28-oz} cans crushed tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
Toppings: Grilled Cheese Croutons, a splash of dairy, chips

Sauté the onion in hot oil over Medium heat & cook, stirring occasionally,
until softened, about 8 minutes.

Add the garlic & cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Stir in the tomatoes, the broth, the sugar, the salt, the red pepper flakes & the pepper.

Bring to a simmer over Medium-High heat.
Reduce the heat to Low, cover partially with the lid & simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in the parsley.
Add desired toppings just before serving.

Note: I used Cento Organic Chunky Style Crushed Tomatoes.
Expect a smoother, thicker soup if using regular crushed tomatoes.

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 A few easy toppings make each serving extra super

No. 1

Cream Of The Crop
A dash of dairy adds creamy goodness & protein-packed nutrition

Stir in a splash of buttermilk or heavy cream for a luscious variation.
Dollop with yogurt or sour cream for extra oomph.

Low-fat or whole milk Greek-style yogurt adds big, twangy flavor
& a boost of protein making it an excellent nutritionally sound addition.

No. 2

Get Toasty
update a good old-fashioned grilled cheese

Grilled Cheese Croutons are a fun way to top soup,
plus they’re easy to make with a Panini press.

Spread hearty seed-studded bread slices with coarse grain or Dijon mustard.
Top with upper crust cheese favorites such as Gouda, Gruyere or Provolone.
Brush the exterior of the filled sandwiches with melted butter.

Cook in a hot Panini press until golden brown & the cheese pulls.
Cool a few minutes & dice the sandwich into cubes.
Sprinkle over each serving of hot soup.

No. 3

Chip Chip, Hooray
it’s in the bag for this effortless addition

Stir in chili cheese corn chips for a simple Southwestern twist.
Ranch-style tortilla chips add a zippy kick.
Seasoned pork rinds pack a spicy punch.

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Classic Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese Croutons RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLIpstick Tailgate Expert Game Day Hostess Southern RecipesHow To Puree Soup
Follow these tips for smooth, safe blending

Many of us associate a velvety texture to this traditional soup favorite.
I love it both ways.

Straight up crushed tomatoes are relatively smooth.
But if you want to clobber the diced onions pulling out the blender is the way to go.
Follow these tips for safe mixing.

The 411

Blending hot soups can be tricky.
If steam builds up in the blender or if it is overfilled,
hot soup can expand & rocket out all over you & your kitchen.

The safest method to puree soup is to blend it cold.
Allow the soup to cool completely– chilled soup, even better.

Pulse, in batches, in a blender until smooth.
Place the soup in a Dutch oven & reheat over Low until hot.


Cooking Lessons
Follow these additional tips & pointers

The Tomatoes

Not all canned tomatoes are the same.
Read the label so you know what you are purchasing.

I used Cento Organic Chunky Style Crushed Tomatoes.
Here’s what’s in the can: tomatoes, tomato juice, sea salt, citric acid & basil…
A big old sprig which you may want to fish out before cooking. I did.

Some canned tomatoes just have straight up tomatoes inside.
That’s fine but you may want to adjust the seasonings.

Always feel free to make the recipe your own.
Try different herbs or if you like the soup thinner add more chicken broth.

The Stock Pot

Be sure to use a non-reactive vessel to prepare the soup.
Stainless steel & enamel interiors are good choices.
They prevent metallic flavors from highly acidic foods.
Avoid cast iron or pans made with copper or aluminum interiors.

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