Cream of Tomato Soup

"Easy, yummy way to make Cream of Tomato soup. I use home canned tomatoes and stewed tomatoes, but store-bought is fine. Don’t use margarine - the water in it can make the roux lumpy. If you don’t have stewed tomatoes, you can use 4 cans of diced tomatoes and sauté ½ cup of minced onion in the butter until tender before adding flour."
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  • Place a strainer over a large measuring cup. Drain and SAVE the juice from both stewed and diced tomatoes. Press down on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon to drain more juice. Measure 3 cups juice, discard excess or save for another use. (Bloody Mary anyone?) Set aside both juice and tomatoes.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot, sprinkle in the flour; stir and cook 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, tomato paste and allspice; stir.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth gradually; then add the reserved tomato juice and both kinds of tomatoes.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.
  • Puree with an immersion blender, food processor or blender. Don’t fill more than halfway if using a food processor or blender and cover with a kitchen towel before turning it on. Leave as chunky as you like and call it a bisque or puree smooth for cream soup.
  • Pour through a strainer into the same pot.
  • Heat cream/milk in microwave until steaming, stir into soup. Heating the cream/milk helps keep it from curdling.
  • Bring back to simmer. Do not boil after adding cream/milk - it will curdle. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, more cream/milk or more sugar if desired.
  • Pureeing tomato seeds can make the soup a little bitter; adding a little more brown sugar will remove the bitterness.

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My husband, Walt and I live in Huntley, Illinois; about 1 hour west/northwest of Chicago O'Hare airport. I'm a stay at home wife with 3 adult children. I collect old cookbooks, enjoy reading, gardening, canning, candy making and jewelry making. I'm passionate about my savior, singing on the worship team and volunteering for a non-profit that provides free legal services to poor families. My favorite cookbooks are Taste of Home Contest Winning and those authored by Rachael Ray. A pet peeve is when a cook doesn't give an alternative for a difficult to find ingredient.
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