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Fresh Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup

Fresh Tomato Blue Cheese Soup

A couple weeks ago my sister and I were talking on the phone and she was suggesting some ideas for my blog, which is really sweet of her, but she lives in a different world than I do. She was saying I should give people ideas on what to pack in their kids’ lunches. Which is a great idea … except I don’t have anybody to pack lunch for anymore. My daughter’s in middle school now and would rather die than take her own lunch because NOBODY does that. My son does home school and I work from home. In order to blog about something, I have to actually MAKE it and there’s not much point in me packing a lunch for an imaginary person, is there?

So the next thing she suggested is tomato soup, because it was tomato season and she had tons of fresh tomatoes from her garden … but I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t have any tomatoes in my house. My tomato plants only yielded 3 tomatoes this year … total. And anyway, I told her, I don’t like tomato soup.

That floored her. How can I NOT like tomato soup? Well, I said, I just don’t. I never have.

But she gets the last laugh on this one because the very next day I saw someone post a tomato blue cheese soup recipe and the thought of tomatoes and blue cheese in a soup really intrigued me … and then my friend gave me some tomatoes from her garden. Not a lot of tomatoes mind you … it’s towards the end of the season … but I had 4 tomatoes that were getting to the point that they NEED to be used right NOW. And the tomato blue cheese soup recipe popped into my head. Yes, I thought, today would be a good day to try that soup. So I made it … and guess what?

I love it. I mean,  like … I really really really LOVE this soup!

Ok, sis, you win! Tomato soup rocks the planet. Well, tomato blue cheese soup does anyway.

Fresh Tomato & Blue Cheese Soup

Fresh Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup that ROCKS!

Sort of roughly adapted from Amateur Gourmet. My version makes maybe 3 or 4 bowls of soup. If you’re making it for a crowd, you’re going to want to at least double the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 t. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, peeled and chopped. I used 2 red tomatoes and 2 yellow tomatoes.
  • 1 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 c. fat-free half and half
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • About 1 T. fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/4 c. blue cheese crumbles
  • Optional: Crumbles of bacon and fresh oregano leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then swirl in the olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onion and garlic and sautee, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent and soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and their juices. I let them cook for 5-10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the broth and half and half.
  4. Lower the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer (not boil!) for about 30 – 45 minutes.
  5. Put the soup and blue cheese in the blender and blend until relatively smooth. I didn’t worry too much about getting it perfectly smooth because I like little chunks in my soup. If you want a really smooth soup, I think I might blend it twice: first I would blend the vegies together before adding the broth and half and half. Then again at the end.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with a bit of bacon and oregano if you like.

Fresh Tomatoes & Blue Cheese in Soup

This is part of my series of 31 Days of Warmer Connections. Every day in October, I am blogging about connections through food.

This recipe was shared at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursdays and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

Good Deal Meals tried this soup and blogged about it! Go see what she has to say about it.

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20 responses

  1. this looks creamy and yummy! thanks for sharing your discoveries :)

    October 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

  2. I’m going to try this tomorrow. Sounds intriguing!

    October 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

  3. My husband would love this. What a great combo of flavors. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a great week.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

  4. YUM! This looks like a fabulous combo and I love that you’re floating bacon pieces on top – delicious!

    October 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

  5. I love anything with bleu cheese in it, will have to try this!

    October 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  6. I am always looking for recipes that use fat free half and half, since it is always in my refrigerator. This looks yummy!

    October 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

    • Ann

      Lisa I use FF half and half a lot! Especially in ice cream, but it goes great in soup too.

      October 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

  7. That looks so so good. A bowl of creamy goodness. Come visit us. We have a terrific three way lasagna to share.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

  8. I’m with you. My husband loves tomato soup and makes it all the time. I can pretty much, take it or leave it. meh! but this on the other hand sounds like a soup I would love. I prefer creamy soups to be honest and blue cheese rocks my world.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  9. This is such a beautiful looks soup. I’m sure it tastes just as wonderful. Will try it really soon. My whole family loves soup.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  10. Tomato and blue cheese sounds like a divine combo! I’m hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday. I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here’s a link with more info.

    http://easynaturalfood.com/2011/10/17/introducing-sunday-night-soup-night/
    I hope to see you there!

    Debbie

    October 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    • Ann

      Debbie I’d be glad to! Thanks for the invite :)

      October 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

  11. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week! Your photos are great.

    October 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

  12. This is a very special Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup. I featured it on my Face Book Page, it is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    October 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Miz Helen :)

      November 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

  13. This looks amazing! I’m excited to give it a try! Your newest FB follower!

    November 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Carrie! I’m so excited to have you as a friend on facebook :) … and thank you for stopping by my blog.

      November 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

  14. Once again…. MOUTH WATER PICS! Everything about this soup is perfect for me. Tomatoes, bacon and BLUE CHEESE. I am printing this one out now. It just sounds too good to be true :) Thank you so much for sharing!

    November 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Corey! I really really love this soup and I hope you do too. Just made some up yesterday!

      December 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

  15. This looks great and comforting!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

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