Creamy Tomato Soup with Dill (with homemade croutons)

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Creamy Tomato Soup and Dill
(with Homemade Croutons)

Cooking Club in August was “hometown dishes.” (I made Virginia ham and Apple Chutney on corn bread rounds) Megan is from Indiana and said they grow tons of tomatoes there, so she made this dish.  I absolutely loved it and told her I couldn’t wait to make it myself.

Cooking Club Ladies! 
 This is not just bowl of soup, but a lick-the-spoon, beg for more, cup of scrumptiousness!
Organic Tomatoes from Backyard Produce

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsps butter, salted
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 10 plum tomatoes 
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (optional: fire roasted)
  • 3 tbsps tomato paste
  • 2 tbsps parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:


In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add chopped onion.  Sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.



Add carrots and cook for 3 minutes.



Pour in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
 
Break up plum tomatoes with your hands and add them and the juices to the pot. Adjust salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes (stirring occasionally.) 
(note: I tried doing it with a wooden spoon, but it just wasn’t working, so I pulled them back out after this photo was taken.) 







Stir in most of the dill, heavy cream, and remaining parmesan.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes. 


Take soup off and blend with a hand blender or food processor. Adjust seasonings to taste. 
Blending the soup! 
(If you want your soup silky smooth, pour through a strainer to get out the smaller pieces. I like mine with a little texture.) 
Serve topped with croutons and additional fresh dill. (Also can be served chilled.)


Homemade Croutons Recipe



Ingredients: Day old bread, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. 




Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 



Cut bread into cubes and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs.  (I really like rosemary.) 


Spread onto baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Turn part way. 

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