Tomato Basil Soup

Here is a very easy and tasty tomato soup recipe you can make in 30 minutes. It’s perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Tomato Basil Soup

Serves 4

1 Can Tomato Puree (14.5 oz/411 g)
1 Can Tomato Sauce (14.5 oz/411 g)
1 Cup Milk
1-1/2 Cans Water (use the tomato can)
1 Strip of Thick Bacon (cut into 1/4″ strips)
1/2 Cup Diced Onion
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil (cut into thin strips)
1 Teaspoon Ground Dried Garlic
2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

In a soup pot on high heat, saute bacon in olive oil for a few minutes or until bacon starts to brown; then add diced onion and basil. Saute for another few minutes. Add water, tomato puree, tomato sauce, garlic, black pepper and sugar. Stir soup and bring to a boil for a couple of minutes. Turn heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes — stir occasionally; add milk, salt, and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Banana & Walnut Pancakes W/ Maple Syrup

If you like bananas, you’ll love this recipe. It’s easy, quick and delicious.

Banana & Walnut Pancakes w/ Maple Syrup

Makes 6-8 pancakes

1 Cup Flour
1 Egg
1 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Mashed Banana (1 medium size. For better flavor, use extra ripe banana)
1/4 Walnuts (finely Chopped)
1 1/4 Cup Milk

Put the first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add milk and mix thoroughly with a whisk but do not over mix. There should be some small lumps of flour.
Heat a griddle or a large frying pan. Make sure to use a pan spray even if your pan is non-stick. Use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon for the pancake batter. This makes more consistent and even size pancakes. Cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If it browns too fast, make sure to turn down the heat or else the pancake will be raw in the middle.
Serve with maple syrup or a syrup of your choice… Enjoy!