There is a very good reason for my long post hiatus.
I'd bore you with the details if I thought that it even mattered, but to be honest, I figure you all would rather one good, quality post with a delicious recipe or food event, instead of a glorified picture of a bowl from Chipotle. Or a picture of my Chinese food. Or a picture of the deli meat I ate for a snack. You don't come here just to see what I'm eating, but rather what I'm cooking.
So, no major stories or anything, but I can assure you that there are a minimum of five stellar posts coming, at least two giveaways, and one very chocolate-centric post!
But for now: tomato soup.
It's fall here, finally. Like officially, leaves-changing, pumpkins everywhere, apple-picking fall! Fall means soup. My friend Heidi sent me this recipe for crock pot tomato basil parmesan soup and said it was "the best soup ever."
That meant I had to try it. And I didn't have time for a crock pot, so I adjusted the recipe for stove top and immediate cooking.
Finely chopped veggies:
Lower-fat options including a substitute of evaporated skim milk instead of the cream, real parmesan cheese, and of course, fresh tomatoes. Lots of fresh tomatoes. Oh, and super-crispy grilled cheese sandwiches cut into tiny cubes as croutons.
It really was, once I got the seasoning right, the best tomato soup I've ever had. I wouldn't recommend using salt-free chicken stock, especially if using fresh tomatoes, since we had to add a significant amount of salt.
But, added salt aside, this was delicious. I ate it for days, shared it, and really loved having a delicious homemade soup at my disposal for nearly a week.
Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
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