It's goin' around, and by it, we mean every form of horrible winter sickness, from sniffles to stomach flu. This week, we'll offer recipes that will soothe the sick souls of those you need to feed. This recipe for homemade tomato soup, from about.com, will provide old-fashioned comfort to a sickie on the mend — especially if served with a grilled cheese sandwich.
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon (scant) ground black pepper
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained
Chopped basil leaves or fresh grated Parmesan, optional
In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add chopped onion and celery; cook, stirring, until tender. Stir flour into the vegetable mixture, stirring until well incorporated. Gradually stir in milk and add the sugar, salt, and pepper. Continue to heat, stirring, until the mixture thickens and begins to boil.
Dice tomatoes smaller or puree in a blender or processor, if desired. Heat tomatoes in a separate saucepan then gradually add them to the first mixture, stirring constantly. If desired, garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or fresh chopped basil leaves.