Loving Life after 50

Tomato soup with a twist,

Prep 25 min                                                                                                                         total 1 hour

2        tbsp butter
1        large onion chopped
1        large garlic clove minced
2       small carrots, peeled and chopped
2       small celery stalks chopped
1       small red pepper  chopped
2       tbsp tomato paste
1       tbsp lime juice
1/2    tsp  sugar
1/2    tsp salt
1/4    tsp cayenne pepper ( Kent added more than this, flavour to taste)
3       cups low sodium chicken broth
795   ml can  diced tomatoes
secret ingredient  Kent added 1/4 cup of cream cheese.

melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add Onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft, 4-5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, peppers, tomato paste, lime juice, sugar, salt and cayenne. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, stirring occasionally (4-5 minutes)

 

 

 

add broth, diced tomatoes and juices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, simmer until vegetables are tender. about 20 minutes.
Puree in two batches in a blender until smooth, add cream cheese. Return to saucepan, set over low to keep warm.

 

 

 Make two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Take 4 slices bread, butter each side and cheddar cheese in between,  fry.  Once grilled cheese sandwiches are done, let cool slightly.  cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

 

Ladel soup into bowls and top with grilled cheese croutons.
A recent issue of Chatelaine featured a great recipe, Tomato Soup with grilled cheese croutons.
Kent decided that this was a must do recipe and typical Kent put his own little twist, can you say extra cayenne and some cream cheese.  It was delicious.
On this particular Saturday night he out did himself with many courses, starting with shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops, then a ceasar salad
Then we had the soup, followed by steaks, beans and peppers ( mine and his)
Bit of a break and the cheesecake and cappuccinos for dessert

 

And all paired with:

The we realized it was Margarita Day

 

Funny story: I could not figure out how to get grilled cheese croutons and actually thought he would need to spread cheese between the croutons yea I know DUHHHHHH, makes so much sense afterwards.
Obviously I am two weeks late posting but better late  than never right.  You really need to try this soup it is awesome and add the cream cheese because it gives it the extra zip.

 

 

  • I love tomato soup and this looks just perfect!