Every year during this time, I usually sit down to write holiday cards to some. It’s my way of catching up with my friends and my professors, who supposedly don’t have social media. As the whole year passes by—sometimes without even a phone call, I use this opportunity to reconnect and wish them happiness. If I could, I would have loved to write each and everyone of you who have been coming to this blog a holiday card as well— a handwritten card from my heart just to say ‘Thank you’ & ‘Merry Christmas.’
To me, the whole process of making tomato soup is similar to the process of writing a card. It starts with choosing ingredients carefully; I also choose the cards thoughtfully. It takes a while to make the soup; it also takes a while to write the cards— not to be confused with signed cards. Both soup and cards are never for me; I do them because I want other people to be happy. So, even though I can’t possibly send all of you the actual cards, I hope you feel my appreciation through this recipe — tomato soup recipe as a handwritten card to all of you.
- 2 lbs. Roma tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup cooked sweet corn
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 onion, peeled & sliced
- 1-2 carrots, peeled & cubed
- 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
- 1-2 cups vegetable broth, as needed
- smoked mozzarella cheese, sliced, as needed
- grated parmesan cheese, as needed
- olive oil, as needed
- salt & pepper, as needed
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Drizzle tomatoes with oil, salt & pepper and roast for 30-60 minutes, or until the juices are bubbly and the skin is splitting. Let cool for 5 minutes, then discard skins with a fork.
- Heat the oil in the pot over medium-high heat, add onion & carrot and season with salt & pepper. Once cooked, add garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted tomatoes and corn. Cook all ingredients until soften. In batches, blend in the blender until smooth; you may add broth as needed to the preferred consistency. Add grated parmesan, salt & pepper to taste.
- Before serving. broil smoked mozzarella for a minute, or until melted; you can do this in a microwave or a broiler with high temperature. Ladle the soup in the bowl & top with melted mozzarella; serve immediately.
Here’s a message that goes with the soup:
“Merry EARLY Christmas to you and your family. I hope this soup finds you well. May you have all the happiness in world with great health and great fun in 2017 & beyond. May you have all the gifts you possibly want and may you have all kinds of fun food to come. May you be able to hug all of your loved ones and may you get tight squeezes back from everyone.
And thank you so much for being here all these times; your support means the world to me. No matter what happens next year, I hope you know how much I appreciate your visits and your comments. I will always remember your kindness.”
Until next time, cheers!
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