Tomato Soup Supreme

Tomato Soup Supreme
4-6 servings
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1 No 2 1/2 can (large can) tomatoes, well mashed, (I use a quart of home canned)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly slices
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
6 cups broth, chicken or vegetable
Salt and pepper
8 tablespoons butter
6 slices good bread, trimmed and cut in 1-inch squares
Grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all the vegetables and add to boiling broth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Cover and simmer slowly, approximately 1 1/2 hours.  Then force everything through a sieve.  Return the liquid to the heat, add the butter and simmer slowly for 5 minutes.

Saute bread squares lightly in butter.  Place in soup tureen and pour hot tomato soup over them.  Serve in individual soup plates.  Pass grated cheese separately. 

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