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  • Beans Winter Tomato Garlic Macaronni Soup

    Bean Posted February 15, 2006 09:27 AM
    GREAT IDEA! You have some good ones up there. I'll pick one to make next week.

    I just found this one.

    Winter Tomato Garlic Macaroni Soup


    Category: Tomato Soup

    Ingredients:
    2 bulbs garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
    2 large yellow onions
    2 leeks, white part only
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 (26 oz.) box Pomi chunky tomatoes or chopped tomatoes,
    or
    1 can plum tomatoes
    1 dried ancho pepper (optional)
    1 Quart Tomato Broth (see note)
    1 quart vegetable broth or water)
    6 cups water
    rosemary
    basil
    parsley
    sea salt
    pepper
    8 ounces macaroni

    Directions:
    Divide garlic cloves into three piles. Mince onions with one third of the garlic cloves (I use a food processor). Heat oil in large (6 quart or more) pot and saute onion and garlic until soft but not brown. Slice leeks thinly with another third of the garlic cloves (I use the food processor again, with a #2 slicing disk, but any slicing disk works fine, as does a knife), and add to the pot. Saute until soft. Remove the stem and seeds from the ancho peppers. Add the tomatoes, broths and water to the pot; then add the herbs and ancho peppers. (I always have cheesecloth around, so I usually chop up the fresh herbs and put them with the dried ancho pepper in a piece of cheesecloth that I tie up like a bag; this makes it easy to fish the herbs and ancho out at the end, which makes the soup prettier.) Bring to a boil, cover the pot, lower the heat and simmer for two hours until the onion and leek have pretty well melted into the soup. If fishing the herbs and ancho pepper out of the soup isn't too messy, do it now. Slice the reserved garlic very very thinly, and add to the soup pot. Add water if it has gotten too thick. Simmer covered, for 30 minutes.

    If you are going to save the soup and serve it tomorrow, stop here, cool and refrigerate it. Otherwise, keep going. 10 minutes before serving, uncover the pot, taste the soup, season with salt and pepper and bring to a rolling boil. Add the macaroni, and cook for a couple minutes less than you usually would, because you aren't going to drain it. Or, cook the macaroni separately and add it just before you ladle the soup into bowls.

    Note: Tomato broth: -- I use a recipe adapted from one of Molly O'Neill's Sunday New York Times Magazine columns: for one quart of tomato broth, chop four pounds or more or fresh or canned plum tomatoes (or use 4 lbs of Pomi tomatoes in the box, which come already chopped), and put in a 4 quart pot with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil, 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, and 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary.

    Bring just to a boil, stirring, and then strain immediately through a fine mesh strainer (stirring the mixture from time to time with a wire whisk will help it get through the strainer.)

    Recipe Location: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/229/Winter_Tomato_Garlic_Macaroni_Soup52456.shtml
    Recipe ID: 9003
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