It’s a beautiful, cold fall day! Yesterday it was dark and very cold and it called for a cup of soup in hand and little else. When Matt makes us his pizza on the weekends, I am always left with about 9/10ths of a can of tomatoes and inevitably during the week, that gets turned into tomato soup. I keep adding a spice here or there, fresh basil if I happen to have it, and no matter how I tweak it, it always turns out great. For this version, I had some stale bread from Matt’s weekly baking that I turned into croutons. I hate wasting his bread, even the stale stuff, so it gets turned into croutons, breadcrumbs or savory stuffings every time. The good thing about breads that are as plain and rustic as his, is that they don’t mold very quickly – they just dry out. Perfect! The croutons were tooth-shatteringly hard, but after a few minutes in the soup, they were extremely flavorful little sponges.
Happy Fall – it’s in the air! It’s marvelous! There’s a faint scent of wood burning in our neighborhood and it’s a treat to get to walk outside. It’s a treat to be alive, today, really. Tomorrow doesn’t exist, don’t spin all day for it. Yesterday can’t be changed, don’t regret it. Live today and today only! Yesterday I recalled one of my favorite quotes,“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.”
― Jean de La Bruyère, Les caractères. This quote challenges me to not waste my day thinking about what all I have to do, or what all I didn’t get done yesterday. It helps me to not sit around wasting time on my phone and it helps me to realize that time with 1 and a half year old Olive is extremely rare and won’t be here for long. So we make a mess drinking our soup and we laugh and I try to take her up on her offers while I’m working to, “mama pay? mama do somting?” a little more frequently.
Creamy Tomato Soup from Scratch
1-28oz can whole tomatoes (I love Cento brand!)
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbs olive oil
Whatever herbs you like – dried thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano – they’re all good and they all work. Stick to about a teaspoon.
A splash of cream – eh, if I had to measure, I’d say 1/8th of a cup
Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Put the olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the garlic clove. Saute over medium heat until starting to brown. Add in the entire can of tomatoes, red wine vinegar, herbs and stir to combine. With an immersion blender, pulse until completely blended and smooth. Add in the cream, stir to incorporate and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Let it simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes and serve hot with crackers, croutons, or the classic grilled cheese. Enjoy!