Simple Tomato Soup

Hi everyone–  Ani’s home for along weekend and Saturday night we tucked in for a cozy evening at home–  crackling fire in the fireplace, Cal football on the t.v. and hot tomato soup supper around the coffee table.  What could be more fun than that?  (Well,   OK, it would have been more fun if Cal won the game.)  But in any case, you might like this warming winter soup.

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
10 sprigs of thyme, tied together with a thread
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 cloves garlic, minced
4 14oz. cans petite cut tomatoes*
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup cream (or half’n’half)
salt & pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large pot.  Throw in the onion, garlic and thyme and saute until the onions are tender and starting to brown. Then add in the tomatoes, sugar, 1 can of water and simmer it all together for about 30 minutes to blend the flavors.  Discard the thyme sprigs and then puree the soup with a stick blender or food processor (I don’t go too crazy on the blending, I like the soup to have a little texture).  Stir in the cream, salt and pepper and simmer for about 10 minutes on low, low heat.  Garnish with a bit of sour cream and a twig of thyme.  Eat it hot by a fire in the hearth.

*I like S& W brand petite cut tomatoes with onion and garlic–they taste to fresh!

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