Thursday, August 20, 2015

Southwestern Tomato Soup from the Garden

As I mentioned in my last post our tomatoes are beginning to ripen. This is great news for us because this means we will have one more item to bring at the market, but this will also mean we will be up to our ears in tomatoes in no time! With the later in mind I figured today would be a great day to start experimenting with new tomato recipes.

The result... Southwestern Tomato Soup...yum yum.

The ingredients include:

5 medium tomatoes seeded and skinned
1 stalk celery diced
1/2 medium red onion diced
1/2 bell pepper diced...I used a purple one
1 Aurora pepper diced... this adds the kick if you don't like spice skip this ingredient
1.5 cups chicken stock 
1 can tomato paste
2 tsp sugar
3 tsp fresh cilantro

Add all ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil. Once the mixture begins to boil cover and reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes.  Let everything cool for about 10 minutes before transferring to a food processor to blend in batches. It took me about 3 batches to complete the job. After it is blended thoroughly return it to the pot and heat it through.

This can be served with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro to balance the heat of the aurora pepper.

Enjoy!

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