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The staccato splat of my onion tear

My seasonally contrarian appetite called for soup, just as the sun is finally making more than the occasional cameo.

My hangover needed tomato products of some kind.

The natural choice? My mom’s delicious and simple kind-of-creamy tomato soup.

My Mom’s Tomato Soup

• 1 stick butter (her recipe actually calls for 1/2 stick of this to be margarine, but we will overlook, but correct, that alarming detail)

• 1 – 1-1/2 cup white or Spanish onions

•1/2 tsp basil

•1/4 tsp thyme

• 1/4 tsp rosemary

• 1 large can crushed tomatoes

• 3 TBSP tomato paste

• 5 TBSP flour

• 4 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth

• 3/4 cup milk

Heat up the butter in a deep pot, adding in the onions and spices. Add the can of tomato and let simmer for 10 minutes. Make a paste out of the flour, tomato paste, and a splash of broth in a smallish bowl. Stir the mixture into the soup to thicken. Add in the remaining broth and simmer for 30 minutes.

To finish, puree the soup using a blender, or a wand blender. Stir in 3/4 cup whole (or 2% milk).

NB: My camera’s out of batteries, so the only photographic detailing of said soup comes from Photo Booth: the footprint of a tear wrung out by one fearsome onion.

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