Tuesday 23 September 2014
Beecher's Tomato Soup!
I have told you many times how I shop at the Seattle Public Market, well friends, there is this fabulous cheese maker.............Beechers. Beecher's is a local favorite cheese, restaurant and snack shop! Beechers started as a idea right here in our Seattle Public Market in 2002, by Kurt Beecher. Beecher's opened it's doors in November of 2003 Beecher's has two cheese making locations now, Seattle and the Flatiron District in New York.
When I'm at the market, I can't help myself, I must go in for a cup of their famous Tomato soup, garnished with Parmesan cheese and a few of their homemade herb croutons.....YUM!!! In fact double YUM!!! Fall is here, it is time for soup! I am offering you a soup that is so good and takes about 20 minutes to make!! Let's run...not walk to the grocery and make this for dinner!
BENNETT’S BISTRO TOMATO & BEECHER’S FLAGSHIP CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP
Makes about 6 cups of soup.
2 TBS. unsalted butter
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 28-oz. can plus one 14 1/2-oz. can of crushed tomatoes in puree
3/4 tsp. white pepper
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
10 oz. (2 1/2 cups) grated Beecher’s flagship cheddar cheese *(you can purchase at most grocery stores, at Pasta and Company, or on line Flagship Cheese)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute until soft but not brown, about 4 minutes.
Add the crushed tomatoes, water, pepper and salt. Bring to a low boil, reduce to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the cheese and cream and stir until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.
This soup will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to six months. Gently reheat over low heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
With over 1,600 cheeses entered from 248 cheesemakers, five of Beecher's cheeses took home awards at the 2014 ACS Annual Competition.
Winning cheeses include- Marco Polo Reserve (1st), Cheese Curds (1st), Yule Käse (2nd), Flagship Reserve (3rd), and 4-year Aged Flagship (3rd).
*If you cannot get the Beechers Flagship, use a sharp cheddar. The flavor is similar but, it doesn't melt as quickly.
This Summer has been full of family and friends. This picture is one I took on a family dinner at my son's home. My adorable Grandson Cooper Owen is a delight! He loves the new Radio Flyer car!