Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Tomato Basil Soup

This is definitely a go-to cheap, easy dinner for our family. I normally just do grilled cheese using cheap bread with white american cheese to go with the soup. However, tonight...we are going a little fancy. My friend, Marissa, made "grown-up" grilled cheese for a church event a few weeks ago. She gave me a few tips...good bread, two kinds of cheese, and some other fun ingredient (bacon, ham, fried egg, etc.). Tonight, I'm doing a three cheese Semolina bread (from HT), crispy bacon, good white American cheese and a sharp white cheddar. The other tip Marissa gave is not only to spread butter on the outside of the bread but to also sprinkle it with Parmesan. I'm super excited about trying that! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tomato Basil Soup

2 28oz cans of Furmano's chunky crushed tomatoes (with basil, garlic, and not substitute this for any other crushed tomatoes!)
1 14oz can chicken broth or stock
1 cup whipping cream (or light cream to be healthier)
1/2 cup butter

In a saucepan bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter and cream. Cook until butter is melted.

This is super easy and SO good! You could also double it and freeze a batch for a fast dinner.

Adapted from Allrecipes.


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