Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ultra Quick: Cream of Tomato Soup

Here is an ultra quick soup you can get on the table in 15-20 minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand.

Serves 2

1 tablespoon fresh basil *
1 teaspoon fresh oregano *
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme *
1 tablespoon butter
1 small jar of your favorite pasta sauce
2 cups of water
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream ** (substitute below)
a pinch of nutmeg

Saute fresh herbs in butter; add small jar of pasta sauce; 2 cups of water; 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream; and a pinch of nutmeg. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

* If fresh herbs are not available, substitute dried herbs by using 1/2 the amounts indicated for fresh. Do not saute the dried. Simply add them to the soup mix. The tablespoon of butter indicated in the recipe to saute the fresh herbs can be eliminated or can be added to the soup at serving time for added richness.
** Heavy Whipping Cream Substitute: Add 1/4 cup of melted butter to 1/2 cup of whole milk. By the way, this substitute cannot be whipped. It can only be used in cooked foods.

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