Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Joey's Feel-Better-All-Over 20-Minute Tomato Soup

Recently, I was a little under the weather. Well, ok, I was A LOT under the weather. I spent a few days doing what one is supposed to do. Lots of rest, plenty of fluids, and lots of home made soup.
This is an easy soup that I came up with, sort of out of necessity, actually. I wanted a hot brothy soup and I didn't want to ask anyone to run to the store for me. So, I improvised. I just threw a couple simple ingredients into the pot and let it simmer. It was so easy and it made me feel SO much better. It'll do the same for you if you're not feeling your best or even if you're just in from the cold!

a few glugs of olive oil
1 onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 (32 oz) containers chicken broth
2 tsp dried basil (or more)
1 tsp dried thyme (or poultry seasoning)
a good amount of salt and pepper
freshly chopped parsley

Place olive oil and chopped onions into a large pot over medium heat. When the onions are soft, add the garlic and tomato paste. Stir and saute until the oil becomes a deep crimson and the tomato paste begins to caramelize. Add the chicken broth, herbs, and spices. Don't scrimp on the spices! Give it a good stir and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Top with croutons and serve.

The key to this recipe is to make it spicy and serve it hot. Those spices really warm everything up on the way down and before you know it you're feeling like a new person.
To make it heartier, add a bag of frozen vegetables, a cup of cooked rice, or a cup of cooked noodles.

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