- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes in juice (with basil if available
- In a 5-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; add oil and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and tomato paste; cook 1 minute.
- To saucepan, add thyme, broth, and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with your fingers. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, 30 minutes. (Remove thyme sprigs before blending.)
- Using an immersion blender, puree soup in pot, leaving a fair amount of the tomatoes in chunks. Or, working in several batches, puree half (5 cups) of the soup in a conventional blender until smooth; return to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or let cool to room temperature before dividing among airtight containers (leaving 1 inch of space at the top) and freezing.
- I used large cans of diced tomatoes so I didn’t have to break them up, it worked really well
- I didn’t have fresh or dried thyme so I sprinkled in Italian seasoning and extra basil
- I wish I had an immersion blender, but I don’t, so I scooped up about 5 cups/half the soup-ish and stuck in it a blender and blended it till it was smooth
- I served it will grilled cheese 🙂 yummy! I think Bisquick biscuits would be really good with it too.