I don’t remember having creamy tomato soup that often as a kid, but I do remember how comforting a can of Campbell’s could be as I moved out on my own and couldn’t afford much else. Today creamy tomato soup still speaks comfort to me, but I quit that red can long ago in favor of brands that have fewer artificial ingredients. The “natural” and organic brands are pretty expensive, so how about just making our own creamy tomato soup at home? This recipe will let you use up some of that bushel of tomatoes that showed up in your CSA basket, that caught your eye at your local farmer’s market, or that mysteriously appeared in your garden or on your doorstep.
- 1/3 medium sweet yellow onion, diced (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon butter
- about 1 medium carrot (2 if the carrots don’t taste too carrot-y), diced (about 1/3 cup)
- 2 1/2 cups (or more) of fresh or home-canned peeled tomatoes, as many seeds as you can removed (but keep the juice)
- pinch of salt (more to taste after you cook everything)
- pinch or two of sugar
- tiny, tiny pinch of allspice or nutmeg
- 1/2-2/3 cup whole milk (or more, to taste) or cream, if you’re feeling decadent
- optional: garnish with fresh herbs
In a non-reactive, heavy-bottomed pot with the lid on, sauté the onions over low heat in the olive oil and butter until the onions just barely start to color. Add the carrots and let them get a little color too. Remember to keep the lid on to retain the moisture. Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar, and allspice or nutmeg and simmer the soup on low heat until the tomatoes start to break down and the carrots are soft. Purée using a stick blender if you have one. If you don’t have a stick blender, let the mixture cool a bit and then blend it in a stand blender or food processor or even run it through a hand-crank food mill. Bring back to a simmer and add the milk. Be careful not to boil after you add the milk, or the soup will curdle! Taste and add salt if needed. Serve hot with a grilled cheese sandwich (or turkey-ham and cheese, like we used).
Have you developed a favorite comfort-food recipe? If you serve tomato soup, what do you serve with it in your home?
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