In a skillet, heat butter and sauté diced onion and minced garlic until soft and translucent. In a blender or mini prep ( or with an immersion blender) combine can of veggies with water, ¼ cup evaporated milk, 1 heaping teaspoon of dry soup mix, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ half teaspoon of pepper and 2 heaping tablespoons of the sautéed onion mixture. Blend well and pour into a pot. Bring to boil, stirring often. Pour into a bowl and serve with croutons, crackers, tortilla strips, rice or Orzo pasta.
For homemade Croutons and Tortilla Strips
For the bread: Cut bread into cubes. In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add bread cubes, pepper, salt, all-purpose seasoning (Optional) and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until browned.
For the tortilla strips: Slice 2-3 (6 inch) tortillas into thin strips. Add 2 tablespoons of butter or oil to skillet. Cook on medium high until browned. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.