Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tomato Cheddar Soup

It's hard to replicate the happiness I feel on a cold fall day with a warm bowl of delicious soup. It's just confirms my love for this season and the fact that I could never move somewhere too far south where you don't get true autumn months.

My idea for this soup actually came from a co-worker. We were ordering from Hale & Hearty during one of our meetings, and she said I really should try the tomato cheddar soup. I'm not the biggest fan of tomato soup myself, or at least I never used to be. This Hale & Hearty soup was seriously incredible and is definitely enough to convert tomato disbelievers.


Ingredients (serves 6-8)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sized yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Fresh thyme
1 cup whole milk, cream or half-and-half (I went for milk, the least fatty option of the 3)
2 cups sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


Preparation
1. In a large pot, heat 3 cups chicken stock. I prefer homemade of course but whatever is easiest.

2. In a medium sized saute pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter. Add celery, onion, garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes, until lightly browned. You can also add flour here, which will ultimately make the soup a bit more thick.

3. Add the sauteed vegetables to the broth. Next add 2 cans of tomatoes including the juice and the thyme, stirring well.

4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. After approximately 25 minutes, remove the thyme stem and puree the soup mixture with a blender. Make sure to do this in several batches to guarantee the soup is well blended.

6. Return to the pot and add milk and cheese, and heat until the cheese is melted well. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with cheese before serving.



Aren't the fall months just the greatest?

~Alyssa

13 comments:

  1. the fall is my favorite for food! this sounds and looks absolutely delicious!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
    http://organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  2. I am so excited for this recipe! I can't wait to try it- looks ahhhmazing!

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    Can't wait,
    Summer-Raye

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  3. This is a good one, I'm not a tomato soup fan either, too acidic for my taste, but I you had me at cheese. May have to give t.s. a second chance.BerryHaute

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  4. Yum... I have a very definite weakness for tomato cheddar soup (discovered since I moved to NYC!). Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog : )

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  5. This soup looks delicous! perfect for fall time!

    http://thestyleattitude.blogspot.com

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  6. yum this is amazing!

    thank you for commenting on my blog and following, I really appreciate it!

    xoxo, Laura
    http://styleandsushi.blogspot.com

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  7. this soup looks amazing, girls! xo

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  8. YUM! Perfect for this time of year. Warms my heart:-) xoxo

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  9. thanks everyone! try it, i'm telling you! so simple and delicious.

    ~A

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  10. Fall is the best for food! This seems delicious! :)

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
    http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  11. Fall is the greatest season isn't it? I love the soup at Hale and Hearty, they never disappoint. I like the sound of this soup which has a wonderful Mediterranean flair.

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  12. I made this soup tonight. Pretty good. Next time I'm going to add fresh basil and baby tortellini.

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