French Tomato Soup
1 large onion, chopped
6 tomatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large potato, peeled and quartered
6 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 cup long-grain rice
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions in butter until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue cooking for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add the potato and 2 cups of water. Season with the bay leaf, garlic, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
2. Stir in the remaining water, and bring to a boil again. Discard bay leaf, and strain the solids from the broth, reserving both. Purée the vegetables in a food processor or blender, and stir them back into the broth. Bring to a boil, and add the rice. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Serve hot.