Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hearty Tomato Soup and Cleaning Day 2

After a gloriously warm and sunny weekend, yesterday was a bit of a letdown....cool and rainy. So I made soup for dinner. It was quite possibly the last time we'll have soup for a while, but I wanted to share the recipe nonetheless. It is a winner from my friend, Nancy Partridge.

Hearty Tomato Soup

2Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
6 oz. of softened cream cheese
1 1/4 cup milk
2 (10 3/4 oz. each) cans of tomato soup
2 (14 1/2 oz. each) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
i pkg. cheese tortellini

Melt butter in saucepan. Cook onion and garlic in butter for about 2 minutes until onion is tender; remove from heat. Stir in paprika, basil and cream cheese. Gradually stir in soup and milk. Beat with a wire whisk until cheese is melted and soup is smooth. Stir in tomatoes. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot.

Today's Spring clean chore was the kitchen, dining room and living room. Organizing drawers, throwing away expired medication, scrubbing the floor, polishing the cabinets, cleaning glass and bleaching towels, washrags and pot holders. Everywhere else just needed a good dusting and vacuum. There is almost nothing I love more than a clean kitchen. Hooray!

I also needed a fresh idea for a centerpiece for my dining room table. So I swiped an idea from a friend and filled a hurricane jar with my collection of vintage cookie cutters and candy molds. Thanks for the great idea, Shawna!


Ronnie said...

That soup looks hearty, indeed. :)

Kathleen said...

nancy is an amazing cook--i always like to try any of her recipes! great job on the next day-o-cleaning! see you tomorrow at book club...

Albanie said...

Yum...that soup looks delicious. I'll have to try it! Thanks!

Shawna B. said...

Yummy soup recipe!!!!

Gotta love the cookie cutters. I am so delighted with mine and sometimes take them out of the jars just to look at them. I love that my great grandmother used them to bake cookies for my grandmother who used them to make cookies for my dad .... It's also been fun to collect some newer ones. I am dreaming of more openly displaying them in my kitchen someday. Just not sure yet how I'll do it.

jennwa said...

I love the cookie cutters in the cookie jar great idea. I am going to do that.
I am am going to do that now. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey Amber...thanks for sharing and passing on the motivation. I have a jar of cookie cutters but never thought of using them as a centerpiece...love it. Things look great at your house! Off I go to start my cleaning for today.


soup looks good too:-)

Bonnie B. said...

First of all, that soup looks way YUM! Too many anti-tomato people live in my house, so it would only get eaten by me.
Second, love your kitchen and the cookie cutter thing...so cute! I love waking up to a clean kitchen. It just never stays that way for long...sigh.

Rosanne said...

That soups looks so yummy! Nice job cleaning, looks great!

Ice Cream said...

Your kitchen is so clean it sparkles. And I love the cookie cutter jar (I'm a sucker for functional art).

That tomato soup looks absolutely yummy.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Wow. Your kitchen counters have no piles of junk. I didn't know that was possible in real life. *sigh*