It’s Halloween time! I know it is the last few minutes before the hussle and bussle of Halloween, but I wanted to share this delicious soup recipe for anyone needing a quick and healthy meal before going trick-or-treating. This soup is also great for using those vegetables from your summer garden–zucchini, yellow squash, onions, tomatoes, carrots, etc. This soup is also a great meal to freeze extras for later. It warms up perfectly, throw some grilled cheese sandwiches together and you have a delicious and healthy meal.

Creamy Vegetable Tomato Soup
Ingredients
  1. 2 white or yellow onions, chopped or pureed
  2. 4 c. tomatoes, chopped or pureed (can use 4 cans diced tomatoes)
  3. 1/2 c. carrots, chopped fine or pureed
  4. 1/2 c. zucchini or yellow squash, chopped fine or pureed
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 t. garlic powder
  7. 1/2 t. thyme
  8. 1 t. parsley
  9. 1 t. basil
  10. 3/4 c. butter, divided
  11. 2 T. olive oil
  12. 1 can tomato paste
  13. 4 c. chicken broth (or 4 c. water & 4 T. chicken base)
  14. 1/4 c. flour
  15. 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  16. 1 T. sugar (more or less to taste)
  17. Salt and Pepper to taste
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Instructions
  1. If you have a food processor, puree all of the vegetables until smooth-if you don't, just chop them as fine as possible. In a large pot, sauté the vegetables (not the tomatoes) and seasonings in 1/2 c. butter and olive oil until they soften and are tender. Add tomatoes and paste, simmer for 10-15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix 5 T. broth to flour until smooth. Stir in flour mixture to soup. Add remaining broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Put soup through the blender until smooth, or puree the soup with a stick wand/blender. Just before serving, add the sugar, cream and the extra butter. Season the soup with salt and pepper as needed. If the soup has a slight bitter taste to it (because of the fresh vegetables), add a little more sugar to off balance that flavor. Serve the soup warm with a warm sandwich or fresh breadsticks.
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**Freeze the extra soup (or double/triple the soup so you have extras) in Ziploc bags for later.