Have you seen that new show, The Chew? It's on ABC during the day. We don't have the tv on during the day, but I dvr it and watch it after the kids go to bed. It's not your usual daytime talk show; almost every single segment is about food, usually one of the hosts preparing a dish right in front of the audience. And you know the food is good because two of the hosts are Food Network Iron Chefs! They make about 4-5 recipes per show and the segments that are not directly about food involve table centerpieces and other tips for entertaining. I really enjoy it. The other day, one of the hosts, Michael Symon, made a tomato soup with bleu cheese and hot sauce. I love the canned tomato soup, but had never made it from scratch before. But the idea of adding bleu cheese to tomato soup had me very intrigued. I had my husband pick up some bleu cheese the next day so I could try it out. I left out the hot sauce because I didn't want it spicy. I also made mine creamier by stirring the Greek yogurt into the soup instead of just using it as a garnish. Here's my version.
Bleu Cheese Tomato Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with their juice
1½ cups chicken broth
½ cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1-2 tbsp Greek yogurt, plus more for garnish
Croutons, for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sweat for 2 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning and the garlic and continue to sweat for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, their juice, and the broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Add the blue cheese, then puree using either a stick blender or a regular blender in batches. Stir in the Greek yogurt. Taste and add salt if necessary.
Serve with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt and croutons.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Oh man, this was so good! I know that bleu cheese is one of those "love it or hate it" kind of ingredients, so if you're not a fan you probably won't like this soup. But I love it. My husband liked it okay, but said it was a little "bitey" for him. Canned tomatoes can be very acidic, so you can add a pinch or two of sugar to tone down the acidity if you need to. I think that would have helped. But I loved it as it was. I ate so much of it that I got raging heartburn later that night! It was so worth it though.
I served this soup with some sandwiches I made in the slow cooker. I'll blog about them later this week. It was the perfect soup and sammie meal.