When it comes to soups, tomato soup alone stands as the queen of all soups. The only downside to tomato soup is I often crave it in the Fall but its main ingredients, tomato and basil, are at their freshest and tastiest in the middle of summer. Personally, I think you can have it whenever you like…but you be the judge. A fresh, delicious tomato soup is one of my favorite pleasures in life, especially paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. When I was younger, if I was feeling bad or sick, my mom would always fix me a bowl of tomato soup. Granted, I think the tomato soup I ate as a child came from a can but I still have fond memories of the comforting soup and cheese crackers. Today I prefer to make tomato soup myself using ingredients that come together into a beautiful symphony of warmth, tartness, and sweetness. As a result, I’ve come up with my own recipe which is sure to satiate your craving for a soup.
Why you’ll love this tomato soup
Generally speaking tomato soup is a really easy soup to make. Essentially, you take your ingredients and cook them down then blend them together and, Voila!, you have soup. But there are few other reasons you might love my delicious tomato soup recipe in particular.
– This recipe is chock full of healthy and nutritious vegetables that makes it not only a comforting food but one that is great for your overall well-being.
-The soup offers you the classic tomato soup flavor you love and need in your life despite the adjustments with vegetables.
-This delicious tomato soup recipe is easy to make because you probably already have most the ingredients in your home already and anything you don’t have is easy to find at your local grocery store.
-You can easily make this recipe perfect for any diet by omitting certain ingredients and replacing them. It’s also gluten free since it doesn’t require any flour for thickening.
-In my experience, tomato soup is a great food to eat when you’ve had a rowdy night out because it is contains antioxidants such as lycopene that cut down on inflammation.
-Its a truly comforting food that reminds many of us our childhoods. I’ve simply elevated the soup a bit.
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My delicious tomato soup recipe calls for a lot more than just tomatoes on their own. The tomatoes are the star of the show here but the other ingredients are supporting actors. No show is worth anything without its supporting actors to help tell the story. Here’s what I sue to make it so wonderfully flavorful.
Butter: I said before that the veggies in this soup make it kind of healthy but I am all about my comfort foods being indulgent. This soup includes a healthy serving of butter. This will add a richness to your soup that you don’t get with other fats. Plus science says we should avoid sugar and most fats are OK. So, don’t worry to much.
Veggies: My tomato soup recipe actually calls for a number of other veggies besides tomatoes (and yes, I know tomatoes are actually a fruit). The vegetables I include in my delicious tomato soup include onion, celery, and bell pepper. You could even add a carrot if you’d like. These veggies add nuance to the soup and help compliment and shine a light on the tomatoes.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are the main focal point of this soup and everything we add to it needs to draw attention to them verses detract attention. I personally roast my tomatoes before adding them to the soup pot because it helps sweetened and slightly caramelizes them. This makes the tomato soup more rich and decadent. You can use any tomato you like but the best are either Roma or plum tomatoes. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand then you can simply skip the roasting a buy canned roasted tomatoes for your soup. It will still end up rather tasty.
Garlic: There aren’t many recipes that I create that will not have garlic in them and tomato soup is no exception to the rule. Make sure to throw the garlic in with your tomatoes when they roast and it’ll up your flavor game.
Spices: There is no such thing as good and tasty food without spices. Can you believe there are people in this world that don’t use very many spices? It seems like a crime. In any case, there are a number of spices I add to this delicious tomato soup to amplify the warming affect. Don’t leave them out!
Basil: Tomatoes and basil are a winning flavor combination. They grow well together in the garden and then they go well together in the soup pot. Add as little or as much of this as you want. The flavor is exceptional.
Add-ins: I personally like to eat my tomato soup as it is with nothing else added to it. But some people enjoy adding croutons, cheese crackers, sour cream, chives, and the list goes on. There is no wrong or right way to eat your soup. So make it yours and enjoy!
Delicious Tomato Soup Made Even Better!
If you follow my recipe below, you’ll make one of the tastiest tomato soups out there. I promise. Here are a few tips you can use to make the soup jump a little further into the wow factor zone.
1) Plan ahead because this soup requires a few different steps that will take time. You can’t make this delicious tomato soup on a whim.
2) Use all fresh ingredients if you can, especially if you are making this in the summer when tomatoes are at their freshest. Fresh vegetables are jam packed with all the goodness of their season and just taste so much better. Of course, if you don’t have fresh vegetables then canned tomatoes will do just fine.
3) Don’t skip caramelizing the onions because if you do then you’ll miss out on a whole world of flavor. But if you need to make the soup quicker you can simply saute the onions until soft.
4) Make sure you blend the soup up until it is absolutely smooth. There should be no chunks in your soup. In fact, you should be able to drink it down with a straw. That’s the consistency you want because it ensures that every aspect of your delicious tomato soup come together in a beautiful symphony of flavor.
5) If you prefer your soup to be creamy then add heavy cream to the soup and stir it in. I would only add about 1/4-1/2 cup of cream.
Delicious Tomato Soup
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 bell pepper, cut in large chunks
- 8 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 carrot, chopped into chunks
- 3 lbs Roma or plum tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 6-oz can of tomato paste
- 1.2 cup of packed thinly sliced basil
- 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp tarragon
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional Add Ins
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream See Notes
- Parmesan Cheese, for added flavor
Preheat Oven to 400°F (204°C)
Step 1: Caramelize the Onions
- If you prefer not to caramelize your onions then skip to Step 3 of this recipe. Start by melting the butter in your soup pot over low heat. Add the onions to the pot, season with salt to pull out moisture, and cook for about 5 minutes. Give them a stir and continue cooking for at least 25 minutes. Be sure to stir every five minutes or so. For a deeper caramelized color and flavor you'll need to allow to cook for 35-40 minutes. In the meantime, prepare your veggies and roast them.
Step 2: Roast the Vegetables
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your bell peppers, whole garlic cloves, carrots, and tomatoes on it. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes once they are done roasting.This step should be done at the same time as caramelizing your onions.
Step 3: Make the Soup
- NOTE: If you're skipping the above two steps then you need to melt the butter in your pan. Make sure to cut up all your vegetables into smaller pieces. Add your onions, peppers, carrots, and celery to the pot and saute for about 10 minutes. Dice up the garlic and add it to the pot to cook for about another minute. Then proceed with the next steps.
- If you did not skip the above two steps then you'll want to add your celery to the caramelized onions, raise the temperature to medium, and cook until celery is soften (about 5 minutes). Add the tomato paste to the onion and celery mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add the roasted vegetables to the pot and stir to combine. Add the basil to the pot and stir to combine.
- Transfer the mixture to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can blend the mixture in the soup pot by using an immersion blender. Just make sure to blend it until smooth with whatever tool you have on hand.
- After you've blended the soup, add it back the pot (if you used a blender) and turn the heat to medium low. Add broth, paprika, tarragon, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture to combine.
- Allow the soup to cook for at least 10 minutes and up to 40 minutes. The longer you cook the more enhanced the flavor will become. It's at this point you can add in additional-ons that you like.
- If you'd like a creamy tomato soup then wait for the last 10 minutes of cooking and add in the heavy cream. Stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Garnish with chives to serve.
- Optional add-ons include sour cream, more Parmesan cheese, croutons, and cheddar cheese. It's your soup so add what you like to it.
- This delicious tomato soup goes well with a grilled cheese sandwich.
How about you make the soup and tell me what you think by commenting below?
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