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House Full of Cute

May 30, 2011

Happy Monday, hope you had a good weekend!  My house was full of cute.

and then cuter…

My nieces Brina and Carly refused to take off their 3D glasses after watching Kung Fu Panda II.  After being away for a year, we were lucky enough to get the girls for the whole weekend.

Alex and Jo were most excellent babysitters.    Four girls. 2 little, 2 big.   All so cute.    Not a lot of cooking but I did manage to put together a big pot of hearty soup.

Carmelized Onion Tomato Soup

2 T ghee (clarified butter….or plain butter)

1 T olive oil

1 very large yellow onion roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic whole

4 stalks of celery roughly chopped

2 tbsp reduced balsamic vinegar

2 T white sugar

8-10 tomatoes roughly chopped

1 1/2 to 2 cups vegetable stock

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 T salt (or to taste)

1 tsp pepper

2 tsp chili powder

1 small can tomato paste

Add butter and oil to a hot, large stock pot.  Once melted, add onions and very slowly sauté for at least ten minutes making sure to stir often.  Add celery, garlic, balsamic and sugar and sauté for another 15 minutes, stirring often.    Veggies should be soft and liquid slightly thick.

Add chopped tomatoes, stock and spices and stir well.   Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Stir in tomato paste and continue to simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes.

Puree mixture with an immersion blender or into your food processor in small batches until smooth.

Add a little goat cheese parmesan and the best Cornbread I’ve yet to make.

Steve and I loved this soup and both agreed it was the best yet.  Honestly, the idea of caramelizing the onions was a mistake.  I realized that I’d put in too many and I was afraid that the soup would be over powered with onion flavour.   The idea was, a little vinegar and salt would balance with the pungency of the onion.

It worked!  Caramelized onions and tomatoes turned into a soup???   Genius if I do say so myself  :0)

What was on your menu like this weekend?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    May 30, 2011 9:29 pm

    So were the caramalized onions a mistake or not?

    • May 31, 2011 12:16 am

      I caramelized them on purpose but only after I realized I had added too many onions to the pot. I just wanted to cut some of the onion flavour and it worked.

  2. MOM permalink
    June 2, 2011 2:16 am

    Slow roast your tomatoes for about 4 hours and use them in this soup. Will be even better.

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