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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Holidays                         Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       tb           Butter or margarine
    1       lg           Onion, chopped
      1/3   c            Unsifted all-purpose flour
    2       ts           Dried tarragon or savory
      1/4   ts           Salt
      1/4   ts           Ground black pepper
    1       cn           (10 1/2-oz) condensed
                         -chicken broth
    1       c            Water
      1/3   c            Dried tomato bits or 8
                         -dried plum tomato halves,
                         -chopped (see Note)
    1       lb           Ripe tomatoes (see Note)
    1       cn           (11 1/8-oz) condensed
                         -Italian tomato soup or
                         -1 10 3/4-oz can condensed
                         -tomato soup
    2 1/2   c            Milk
      1/2   c            Half-and-half
                         Chopped fresh tarragon or
                         -savory leaves and sprigs
   1. In 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
   Add onion and saute until tender. Stir flour,
   tarragon, salt, and pepper into onion until well
   mixed. Gradually stir in undiluted broth and water
   until well combined. Add tomato bits and heat mixture
   to boiling, stirring constantly. Cover and reduce heat
   to low. Simmer soup 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
   2. Meanwhile, peel, seed, and dice tomatoes. Stir
   undiluted tomato soup, milk, and half-and-half into
   soup until well mixed. Increase heat to medium-high
   and heat soup until bubbles appear around side of pan.
   Do not boil. Stir in diced tomatoes and heat through.
   Ladle soup into bowls. If desired, sprinkle soup with
   chopped herbs and place bowls onto plates garnished
   with sprigs of herbs.
   Note: Dried tomato bits or halves are available in the
   produce section of most major supermarkets. For
   several free dried-tomato recipe booklets, write
   Timber Crest Farms, Dried Tomato Ideas, 4791 Dry Creek
   Road, Healdsburg, Calif. 95448. Include a
   self-addressed, stamped large envelope (SASE). For
   recipes using fresh tomatoes in salads, stews, and
   casseroles, send a SASE to Favorite Tomato Recipes,
   Florida Tomato Committee, Box 140533, Suite CL,
   Orlando, Fla. 32814-0533.
   Country Living/December/92 Scanned & fixed by Di Pahl
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