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Recipe

Tomato Soup!
From Nancy Dressler of Kalamazoo, MI



Ingredients

Tomatoes
3 cups chopped green pepper
3 cups chopped celery + leaves
3 cups chopped yellow onion or Vandalia onion
4-6 large cloves of garlic chopped or sliced
3 large sprigs of parsley minus the big stems or handful
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup flour
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Fill 8 quart stainless steel pan (about 5/6 full) with clean, quartered tomatoes, skins on. Can use several different kinds of tomatoes.

  2. Stir in green pepper, celery, onion, cloves and parsely

  3. Cook on top of the stove over medium heat stirring occasionally to prevent burning on bottom of the pan. (I don't add water because the tomatoes are juicy enough usually)

  4. When the green pepper and celery are soft (may take 30-45 min.), run the tomato mixture through a food mill to remove seeds, skins and stems. (You can speed up that process by putting it in a blender first and then pouring it through the food mill.)

  5. Make a roux by melting a stick of butter over low heat. Then stir in 3/4 cup flour until mixture is smooth.

  6. Add several cups of the tomato mixture to the roux until smooth and then pour that mixture back into the soup and stir well until thickened and smooth. You can always add more roux if needed.

  7. Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar. I add about 1/2 cup of sugar.



To can or freeze:

  1. Fill clean quart jars to 1" from the top, put clean lids (soaked in very hot water for about 3 minutes before using) and caps on. Process in pressure canner same amount of time as for stewed tomatoes. (About 10-15 minutes from the first jiggle)


  2. or

  3. Fill jars as above (don't fill quite as full to allow for expansion), put on lids and caps, allow to cool to room temperature and then store in freezer.

I KNOW... this soup recipe is a bit of trouble. But why not? Tomatoes are ripe in abundance in fresh food markets, roadside stands, your garden, your mom's garden!! Of course they're best straight out of the field, if you can get that way. This is a fantastic Christmas gift to bring summer delights right into winter. Not to mention the lycopene benefits! By far, the best part is the satisfaction you get when the receiver smiles with incredulous wonder that you made this soup!! Be sure to find/make a spiffy label for the jar with your name and date of production on it! "Sarah's Home Grown Tomato Soup Summer 2010" is a gift that will be enjoyed and remembered. In fact, I bet you'll get comments like I do. "Any chance I could buy another one of these from you?" Sorry, they're one of a kind!


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