Make your own homemade tomato soup, which will keep you warm on a chilly Halloween night. Create the eye-catching garnish by stuffing individual mozzarella balls with pimento olives.

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Ingredients

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.

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  • Add wine, and cook until most liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, stock, and oregano, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer gently until thickened, about 45 minutes.

  • Using a slotted spoon, remove herbs. Puree soup in small batches until smooth. Return to pan, and slowly pour in half-and-half, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, make the bugs: Use a toothpick to pierce each Kalamata olive 4 times (all the way through to other side). Insert a rosemary leaf into each hole to make eight legs. Insert two pieces of chive into the small hole at the end of the olive to make antennae.

  • Make the eyeballs: Using a small melon baller, scoop out a hole from each bocconcini. Have each pimiento-stuffed olive crosswise. Place a half, cut side out, in the hole in each bocconcini to make eyeballs.

  • Ladle hot soup into shallow bowls. Float 4 or 5 eyeballs in soup, and place a bug on rim of each bowl.

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Reviews (7)

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10/29/2011
Soup was very easy to make and I like that it was allowed to reduce and develop to deepen the flavour. For my food photography, I avoided adding the cream because I wanted that bright red colour but afterwards I added some. I also added some Worcestershire sauce, a bay leaf and red pepper flakes because I like a ton of flavour. The eyeballs were fantastic! To add even more 3D, I added a drop of Sriracha hot sauce on top. Loved it!
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10/20/2010
You could make eye balls out of red radishes. Peel them leaving a little bit of red and they look blood shot.
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10/10/2010
I used 3/4 to a cup of half-and-half since I like a creamer soup. Mozzarella balls melt in piping hot soup. Be sure to serve "eyeballs" in a shallow bowl as suggested otherwise they sink below the soup's surface. This is a tasty soup--nice with a sandwich.
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12/23/2008
Does anyone know where to purchase the bite size balls of mozz., or if not, how to create the effect using alternate ingredients?
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10/27/2008
Half-n-half is technically half milk, half cream. Lots of people use it in coffee and other recipes that require a rich
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10/25/2008
I just wanted to know what does "half-and half" refer to...? Maybe I will try this recipe because it looks really nice :p and i like tomato soup too. Is it hard to make ?
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10/25/2008
I just wanted to know what does "half-and half" refer to...? Maybe I will try this recipe because it looks really nice :p and i like tomato soup too. Is it hard to make ?
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