I've never really cared for tomato soup.
Oh, it was fine if mixed into another more substantial soup or chili, but alone? No thanks.
It was just so.......boring. And plain. And tomatoey. (yes, that is an official word.)
Well, that might have been because the only tomato soup I had eaten was from a can.
So recently when Corban asked if I would make grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch sometime, I decided to try my best to oblige him. But it had to be homemade - my stipulation, not his.
This was the first recipe I found, and since it sounded really good and simple, it was an easy choice.
It starts with a quick saute of onions and garlic in butter and olive oil, followed by the addition of a can of whole peeled tomatoes and a few spices. A bit of vegetable broth adds some volume and flavor as well. After being pureed in the blender, the finishing touch is a bit of heavy cream, adding some depth of richness and texture.
Delicious by itself, but even better with a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in, this soup pleased the whole family. You can't ask for much more than that.
And compared to that soup from a can? This blows that out of the water. No joke. This is the real deal.
Creamy Tomato Soup
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 small onion, diced finely
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes in their juices
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth - or water
1/3 cup heavy cream
Pepper, to taste
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat butter and oil. Add onion and a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, but not browned. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes if desired and cook a couple of minutes more.
- Add the tomatoes and their juices to the pan. Roughly crush the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon and cook until they're hot and beginning to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the broth or water and bring to a simmer. Cook at a medium simmer until tomatoes begin to fall apart.
- Remove the soup from heat and cool a few minutes. Puree the soup in a blender (or use an immersion blender if you have one) in a couple of batches until smooth,
- Return to pan over low heat and stir in the cream. Add pepper and additional salt to taste.
Source: Adapted slightly from Chowhound