Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mexican Tomato Soup

The question is...Are we ready? Line 4 gives you a clue. 
Instead of easing into snow we are diving head first with a forecast 6-10 inches in the next 48 hours. Seems like a really early start to winter season when a calendar check said winter begins December 21. 
Think I will put a pot of soup on to take the chill out of the air and add some warmth. Homemade creamy tomato soup is a remedy for just about anything including SNOW! 
Cook's notes:Use a rotisserie chicken it's a timesaver and adds more flavor to the soup.
Mexican Tomato Soup (Caldo de Pollo) 
  • 2 chicken breasts or 2-3 cups of meat
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp.brown sugar
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1-1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups diced zucchini
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 TB. lime juice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cook two chicken breasts, shred meat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Drain whole tomatoes, reserving juice. Cut tomatoes into halves and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and brown sugar. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Bake 40 minutes, or until browned.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add green onion, carrot, garlic and cumin. Cook 10 minutes, covered. 
  • Add roasted tomatoes, reserved juice, stewed tomatoes, lime juice and broth. 
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. 
  • Remove bay leaf.
  • Mash with a potato masher or blend with an immersion blender soup until partially smoother. (You can also transfer to a food processor and blend until partially smooth, then return to pan.) 
  • Add cream and additional salt and sugar to taste. Heat 5-8 minutes more on low heat.
  • Serve with Monterey Jack cheese and serve with a quick pan-sauteed quesadilla.
Enjoy the Mexican flavors of Tomato Soup

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