Angelina’s Tomato and Feta Soup

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Cars and roads covered with snow

On a cold winter day there is nothing I enjoy more than a bowl of soup. Living here in Canada, I experience more cold and snowy days than I like:)  I have had this recipe for a long time in my recipe box.  This soup warms up both my stomach and soul. The original recipe was from the Athenos Feta Cheese website, but over time I adapted it to better suit my taste.

 

feta tomato soup

 

Ingredients

8  tomatoes, seeded and chopped (diced)

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

4 cups tomato juice

2 cups beef broth

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

8 oz package of creme cheese

1/4 cup butter

2-3 TBSP flour

2/3 cup Feta cheese

extra feta cheese crumbles for garnish

salt

pepper

chopped green onion or basil for garnish

 

Directions

  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a medium saucepan. When semi transparent,  transfer to a soup pot or enamel cookware.
  2. Add  chopped tomatoes, beef broth, tomato juice and spices and bring just to a boil then immediately turn down to simmer. Simmer for 30-40 minutes
  3. Cut up creme cheese and 1/3 cup of the feta cheese and add to soup gently with a whisk or wooden spoon.
  4. Gently puree with a hand held blender (if you do not have a hand held blender you can use a stand blender but let the soup cool first.  Blend in batches and then return to stockpot and heat back to temperature) .
  5. Melt butter and blend with flour to make a paste.
  6. Add paste to soup and continue to simmer slightly covered for another 15 minutes (at least).
  7. Add salt and pepper
  8. Adjust soup thickness to desired taste.  Add more broth to thin or thicken it by additional cooking. ( If you like a very thick soup–you can add more cheese or additional flour butter mixture. If you like a strong tomato taste then thicken with tomato paste.)
  9. Ladle into bowls and top with crumbled feta cheese and fresh chopped basil or green onion tops.  Serve with Pita bread or chips.

 

Angelina E.  grew up in Athens, Greece, but now lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.  She enjoys cooking, skiing and surfing the web.   As she is very cold in Canada each winter, she looks forward to her summer trip to the family’s Greek island home.

 

 

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