Summer is tomato time around here. I had tomato salad tonight and for lunch I had homemade tomato soup, had it yesterday too. It is all gone but I am wishing I had another bowl in the fridge for tomorrow. Last October I made a big batch and froze it in plastic containers, each two servings. I felt like I was back in a sunny summer day whenever I had it for lunch last winter.
So make some, it is Ina Garten’s recipe simplified a tad. If you don’t like it creamy leave out the cream or use half and half or whole milk for less calories. If you are a vegetarian use veggie broth instead of chicken broth. You can strain it but I prefer it unstrained and chunky. It has a fair amount of garlic which you can reduce as wished. I cut back on the salt but you can cut it even further as you wish.
Your family will love this soup with a sandwich or salad. It is naturally gluten free. GF croutons would bring a lovely crunch to it if you have any.
Cream of Tomato Soup
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped red or yellow onions (2 onions)
2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
4 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped (5-6 large)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves
3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1-2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream/half and half or whole milk
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and sauté for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are very tender.
Add the cream to the soup and process it by blending with an immersion blender or run it through your food processor. I use my cute little boat motor blender and leave it chunky just as I love soup to be. Reheat the soup over low heat just until hot and serve plain or with julienned basil leaves and/or GF croutons. Enjoy!