Spicy Kumato Soup and Grilled Cheese | Recipe | Quick & Easy

Mr. Stranded and I were grocery shopping when we stumbled upon some Kumatoes for $0.99/lb.  I had never heard of kumatoes and they looked kind of gross, like brown tomatoes.  But I figured, for $0.99, what did we have to lose? 

After bringing them home and doing a little research, I discovered that these brownish-greenish little wonders are grown in countries such as Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Mexico, and are considered gourmet tomatoes.  They are sweeter than regular tomatoes and have a longer shelf life.

Not 100% sure what to do with them, I decided to try making a soup.  It was delicious!  And it made the house smell incredible.  While I made the soup, Mr. Stranded cooked up some ridiculously good pepper jack cheese grilled cheese sandwiches.

Spicy Kumato Soup Recipe
Yields: 6 cups

1 lb kumatoes, skins removed and chopped
1-1/2 c water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp flour mixed into 1 c water
4-5 basil leaves, chopped

1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot over Medium-Low heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic, salt and red pepper flakes and cook, 1-2 minutes.
2. Add kumaotes and cook, 3-4 minutes until fragrant.  Add 1-1/2 c water.  Increase heat to High and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes.
3. Transfer soup to blender.  Remove clear center plastic cap of lid and cover hole loosely with a towel. This will allow hot steam to escape while blending.  Blend on low speed until smooth.
4. Return soup to pot.  Add the flour/water mixture to the soup.  Bring soup back to a boil and cook an additional 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
5. Sprinkle chopped basil over each bowl of soup.  Taste soup and adjust seasoning as needed.

I would love to share the recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches, but it's Mr. Stranded's specialty and he doesn't offer up his cooking secrets as readily as I do.  But here's what I can tell you: use whole grain bread and pepper jack cheese.  The combo of the two was G-O-O-D!