creamy tomato soup

One of my favorite things to cook (and eat) during the cold winter season is soup. I joined the Weight Watchers At Work program fall 2010 and have been experimenting with their recipes ever since. In early 2012 I downloaded the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion App for iPad, were I found a recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup. Although the soup was tasty, I found it to be thinner than anticipated. As I like my tomato soup thicker and heartier tasting, I increased the amount of tomato paste and use whole milk for a creamier texture. This soup is particularly delightful when paired with your favorite roll or grilled cheese sandwich. :) Enjoy!

creamy tomato soup - topped with fresh basil

creamy tomato soup – topped with fresh basil

Ingredients:

creamy tomato soup ingredients

creamy tomato soup ingredients

2 TSP Olive Oil
2 to 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
4 Large Tomatoes, Cut into Sizable Chucks
1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 TBSP + 1 TSP Ground Thyme
1 TSP Salt
1 – 6oz Can Tomato Paste
3 Cups Whole Milk
6 TBSP Fresh Basil, Chopped (Optional)


Instructions
:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent (about 5 minutes).

creamy tomato soup - onions and garlic

creamy tomato soup – onions and garlic

Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme and salt. Cover and simmer over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let cool for 5 minutes.

creamy tomato soup - after adding tomatoes, broth, thyme and salt & after cooking

creamy tomato soup – after adding tomatoes, broth, thyme and salt & after cooking

Transfer tomato mixture to the pitcher of a blender and puree until smooth.

creamy tomato soup - in blender (before & after)

creamy tomato soup – in blender (before & after)

Return mixture to the saucepan and place over medium heat to keep warm.

In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste and milk, blending well after each cup of milk is added.

creamy tomato soup - combining milk and tomato paste

creamy tomato soup – combining milk and tomato paste

Pour milk mixture into tomato mixture, whisking as you pour. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soup is warmed through (about 5 minutes); be careful not to let the soup boil.

creamy tomato soup - whisking milk mixture into tomato mixture & finished cooking

creamy tomato soup – whisking milk mixture into tomato mixture & finished cooking

Divide evenly into 4 bowls and top with fresh basil, if desired.

creamy tomato soup - in bowls

creamy tomato soup – in bowls

Yields 4 – 1 & ¼ Cup Servings
Weight Watchers: 1 bowl = 6 points plus

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