Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.
Three Tomato Soup
THREE TOMATO SOUP
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 leek, white and light green parts only, chopped
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
3 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes undrained
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 springs fresh thyme
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add onion, celery and leek. Saute until soft for about 8 minutes. Add the chicken broth, sun dried tomatoes, tomato sauce and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove thyme stems and discard. Puree soup in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and stir in milk , vinegar and pepper. Cook until thoroughly heated.