August 28, 2013

fresh tomato soup

My mom dropped off a bunch of super ripe, ruby red, almost squishy tomatoes to me the other day. I like tomatoes as much as the next person, but I prefer them cooked. Or roasted. I know that some people love a piece of toast with a slice of ripe tomato with a little salt. Me, not so much. So I stared at them, sitting on my counter for a good half of my day, trying to decide what to do with them.

Soup. Fresh tomato soup for dinner.

I'd made tomato soup before, with various recipes. None really good enough to repeat. So I did a little googling and came up with a mish-mash of a couple recipes.

The result: AH-MA-ZING. Way better than Campbell's. And ready in 30 minutes.



Fresh Tomato Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
4-5 c chopped ripe tomatoes, seeded (you can sub in some canned, if needed)
2 c chicken broth (or 2 c water and 2 chicken bouillon cubes)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp (+) salt
pepper to taste

 1. Heat olive oil in stock pot, and cook onions and garlic til tender, but not browned. Add chopped tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer for 20-25 mins. Remove from heat and use food mill, immersion blender or regular blender to carefully puree mixture.

2. In separate small skillet, melt butter and add flour, cooking til light golden brown. Whisk in 1 cup of pureed tomato mixture slowly, ensuring that the mixture doesn't clump. When tempered, add mixture from skillet to the stock pot.

3. Add sugar, vinegar, basil, salt and pepper, and simmer 5 more minutes. Season to taste.

Would be SO good topped with croutons, parmesean cheese or small pasta, and of course, served with cheese toast or grilled cheese sandwiches.







15 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of fresh tomato soup so this is great! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Mmmm! Love tomato soup! How well do you think it would freeze?

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    1. My guess is that it would freeze just fine since there isn't any dairy in it. I would definitely try it!

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  3. This looks delightful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. My mom is always giving me handfuls of tomatoes, too, so I'll have to give this a whirl. Looks great!

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  5. We have had such a good tomato crop this year that I was trying to think of what to do with all the ones my husband picked this evening. I will be making this tomorrow. thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Hope it turned out good for you! :)

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  7. Ky, I made this tonight. Delicious!

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad! Thanks for telling me! Hope you're doing well. :)

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  8. Do you peel the tomatoes? I have a ton from the garden and am definitely making this for dinner this week!

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    1. I don't bother to peel mine, but I can also taste the little bits of skin in the soup that don't completely puree. I'm sure peeling is the proper way to do it, but I don't think its worth the extra steps. It's up to you! Hope you like it :)

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  9. I just made this for lunch today and it was great but the amount of garlic was a bit too much for me, I will definitely be making this again in the future but with only 1 tbsp of garlic. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  10. I made this last year and it was so yummy that I made loads of it with the fresh tomatoes from my garden. It froze well too. Just pulled this recipe up again to make and freeze! Thanks for posting!

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