I love tomato soup, especially the one they have at Panera. I tried to figure out what they put in their soup, and I think I came pretty close. The special ingredient that makes it so delicious is carrots, believe it or not. They give a kind of sweetness to the soup. I made a very small pot with the amount of ingredients I have listed. You will need to double or triple everything to make a more substantial amount. Here are your ingredients :
1 can plain diced tomatoes (be careful not to get the ones
that have Italian seasoning)
3 carrots, chopped
½ Vidalia onion, chopped
roasted red peppers
Salt and Pepper
fat free half and half (or any type you would like)
Begin by combining the carrots, and onion in your pot with a little butter or olive oil. When they start to become tender, add the tomatoes and about a cup of chicken broth and let simmer. Once the veggies are completely cooked, pour in a small amount of half and half and blend with either a stick blender or a food processor. Once blended, add your chopped roasted red peppers (how ever many you would like), salt and pepper to taste, and let it stay on low on your stove while you get the croutons ready.
Put the croutons on a small piece of foil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and spray with a little vegetable oil spray. Put them under a broiler set on low and watch them. You don't want them to get to brown.
All that is left to do is serve and eat! So easy and the flavors are pure and delicious.