This is a really good tomato soup recipe. It is one of my most requested. You can vary the amount of "spice" you want by changing the amount of curry powder or by leaving it out and adding other herbs or spices like basil. It is quick and easy to make with no special ingredients needed.
1 15 oz. can diced or whole peeled tomatoes
2 inner ribs celery without leaves
1 small onion, chopped coarsely
2 tbls. butter (or olive oil)
1 tsp. to 1 tbls. curry powder
3 tsp. cornstarch or potato starch
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup half and half or cream (or additional milk)
2 tbls. ketchup
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese (optional garnish)
In a blender or food processor, blend the tomatoes with the juice, celery and onion till pureed. Place in a pot and heat on low. Melt the butter (or heat the olive oil) in another pot. Add cornstarch and curry powder and stir until bubbling. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 cups of milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened. Do not boil. Add the warmed tomato mixture to the milk mixture and stir. Mix in the half and half and 2 tbls. ketchup. Do not boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with grated cheese if desired. Serve this with grilled cheese, GF if needed.