Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Fe Tomato Soup

I don't typically like tomato soups, I guess I'm not a big tomato person in general. I'll eat them on my tacos and such but you will not find me dipping sandwiches into a bowl of tomato soup....yuck! My husband is sort of a picky eater, he doesn't like to try many new foods but I will admit he's getting better. Last night I wanted to make a meal that I knew he and the kids would all enjoy, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. But this time mom decided to jazz it up so I might actually enjoy this meal. I have to say, this soup turned out quite delicious and even the hubby agreed! I think it was a little too spicy for the kids but overall I would definitely make this again.

With groceries being so expensive now, it's always nice on the wallet to prepare a meatless meal every once in awhile. This soup is great as is or would be excellent with some beans added in for extra filling.

Okay, so you've already found out that I'm not a grilled cheese and soup type of person. What is the one meal that your family loves but you just can't stand to eat?

Santa Fe Tomato Soup

1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove, minced
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons mild chili powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
French fried onions

Melt butter in a large saucepan; add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomato sauce, corn, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Reduce heat, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Ladle soup into bowl, sprinkle with shredded cheese and french fried onions if desired.

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