It’s the time of year when I start to wonder if I should move to Florida. Southern Florida. The winds are howling, pipes are freezing, and the heat is running full tilt. Clearly, I’m going to need a little soup. And while I love a hearty braised stew that takes hours on the stove, I don’t always have that kind of time. Luckily, I’ve got a delicious and easy tomato soup recipe that hits the spot every time!
All you’ll need to get started is a quart of whole, peeled tomatoes, garlic and onions, plus some fresh herbs! Pair with grilled cheese for an easy, satisfying wintertime meal.
Easy Tomato Soup Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, chopped¨4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1 quart whole, peeled tomatoes
1 – 2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh mixed herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or chives
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons balsamic (optional)
Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, and then the onion. Sauté until onions are soft, and have browned on the edges. Add the garlic and sauté for one minute more. Add the tomato juice and the whole tomatoes, crushing each with your hand as you go. Add 1 cup of water and the herbs (if using). Bring mixture to a boil, then turn heat to low. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
If desired, puree the soup in a blender. Pour back into saucepan and reheat, adding up to 1 cup of water if needed. Check salt levels and adjust as needed.
Ladle into bowls, drizzle with a bit of balsamic (if using), garnish with herbs, and serve.
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