Our family loves Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, but here you can't just go buy Campbell's Tomato Soup, if we could I"m sure it would be $4 or more for one can. So what do we do? Make it from Scratch. I am surprised at how easy it is.
Cut the tops off of 1.5 pounds of tomatoes and cook in the pressure cooker for 4 whistles. You can also just boil them until they are really soft. Puree them and set them aside.
Next, Saute onion in olive oil, add some minced garlic. Then add some tomato paste, flour, and chicken broth.
I was going to make my own tomato paste until I realized it took hours to make and since In only needed a few tablespoons I decided to spend the 65 cents on a small can and use that.
Add some basil (not italian spices, unless you want it to taste like spaghetti sauce) to your tomatoes.
Mix your broth pan and your pureed tomatoes together and simmer for 10 minutes or so until it boils again. If it's thin, I add some cold milk with a little flour in it and then boil it again. You can keep doing this a little at a time until you get the thickness that you like. This fed our family of five with grilled cheese sandwiches 2.5 times. It makes quite a bit.
Here is the exact recipe
1.5 pounds of tomatoes
1 small onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
3 T. tomato paste
1/4 c. flour
1 can of chicken broth, make your own with chicken bones, or use chicken boullion cubes.
1/2 c. milk with 3 T. of flour (if needed to thicken soup)
2 T. basil???? Add basil and salt to fit your taste buds!