Satisfying Tomato Soup- perfect Winter warm up food!

We are stuck in a snowy, cold weather pattern this month.   Lots of shoveling and snowblowing to be done, and nothing helps to warm you back up like soup.  I can't recall ever eating tomato soup before, even as a kid (I liked Chicken & Stars).    I ran across this one on the Taste of Home site, and it seemed like a great recipe to start with. 

Only one minor change to this one- I used dried celery flakes because I have a ton on hand.  I made the soup and froze it in single servings.  I defrosted it and reheated it on the stove.   I liked the consistency and flavor, and you can't beat how fast it goes together. And you've got to have grilled cheese with tomato soup, right?   Thank you to Marian B for the recipe!

* Exported from MasterCook *

                          Satisfying Tomato Soup

  2          teaspoons  canola oil
     1/4           cup  finely chopped onion
     1/4           cup  finely chopped celery (used dried, about 1T)
  2               cans  diced tomatoes -- (14-1/2 ounces each) undrained
  1 1/2           cups  water
  2          teaspoons  brown sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
     1/2      teaspoon  dried basil
     1/4      teaspoon  dried oregano
     1/4      teaspoon  coarsely ground pepper

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Puree soup using an immersion blender. Or, cool soup slightly and puree in batches in a blender; return to pan and heat through.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 4 servings.



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