Everyone who knows us, knows my husband could make an icicle taste good. This is one of the many soups he makes, and I might say, is really, really good.
The only thing to add is my grilled cheese sandwich…..just sayin’.
In a large pot add:
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 carrots, medium chop
- 2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped fine
- 1 tsp. onion powder (not salt)
- 12 large Roma tomatoes, skinned and chopped
- 1 box (900 ml) chicken broth
- 1 can (398 ml) tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. baking soda*
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
- 1 tbsp. sugar
Cook on simmer for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
When cool enough to work with, put in a blender in 3 – 4 batches and blend until really smooth.
Serve hot and add a dollop of creme fraiche or 2 tbsp. sour cream on top.
* the baking soda will neutralize the acid effects on the cream.
Note: If it was me making this, I would alter the chicken broth amounts and put in cream…..that’s just me! But then I would take some puff pastry, cut into squares large enough to cover the filled soup bowls, and bake in the oven until the pastry is cooked to a golden colour. We used to do this. It is a real show stopper.