Monday, January 2, 2012

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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'Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches'
Source: Betty Crocker


2 lb fresh tomatoes (about 4 to 5 medium)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
1 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
 1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


1. In large saucepan, heat 3 quarts water to boiling. With sharp knife, cut shallow X in bottom of each tomato. Add to boiling water, 2 or 3 at a time, for 10 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove tomatoes from boiling water; immediately plunge into ice water until cold. Drain. Peel and chop tomatoes.

2. In heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion in oil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, salt, nutmeg and red pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Stir in whipping cream.

3. In blender or food processor, place 2 1/2 cups tomato mixture. Cover; blend on medium speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour mixture into large bowl. Repeat with remaining tomato mixture. Return pureed mixture to saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot. Top each serving with basil.

4. Serve with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

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