March 5, 2008

You Asked for It; Comet Cafe’s Creamy Tomato Soup

Krista Schmidt, Milwaukee, requested the recipe for an easy-to- make tomato soup from Comet Cafe, 1947 N. Farwell Ave. She wrote: "My co-workers and I absolutely love Comet Cafe's Creamy Tomato Soup. I recommend it to everyone. We end up getting it at least twice a week."

Owners Valeri Lucks and her brother, Adam Lucks, sent the recipe. Adam Lucks said the soup is listed on the menu served with a grilled cheese sandwich, but that it's also good served with a fresh baguette and butter.

Comet Cafe's Creamy Tomato Soup

Makes 6 servings

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 white onion, chopped

4 whole cloves garlic, peeled

1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped

2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In large saucepan, heat olive oil. When oil is hot, add onion, whole garlic cloves and red bell pepper. Cook until onions are soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and their juice and bring to a low simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and let cool slightly, then pour into a food processor or food mill and puree until smooth. Return mixture to pan and add cream, salt and pepper. Serve with grilled cheese sandwich or a baguette.

To request a recipe, write "You Asked for It," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Box 371, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0371; fax to (414) 224-2133; e-mail to [email protected] Requests must include complete restaurant name and address (only businesses still in operation will be considered), as well as your name, address and phone number. (Names and addresses will be withheld upon request.) Past columns can be found at Column compiled by Joanne Kempinger Demski.

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