Autumn Essentials: Creamy Tomato Soup
Andy Anderson !
This soup has the flavor to hold up to a good grilled cheese… It’s chunky, but not overly so, and it has cream, but not too much. As with all tomato soups, the humble tomato is the star of the show. So, care must be taken to choose the right variety. I choose canned tomatoes, and I’ll explain my reasoning later.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
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- 28 oz
- whole peeled tomatoes in juice (like cento)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp
- blonde coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp
- sweet butter, unsalted
- 2 Tbsp
- olive oil, extra virgin
- 1/2 medium
- yellow onion, finely chopped, about a cup
- 2 clove
- garlic, minced, a heaping teaspoon
- 2 c
- freshly made chicken stock, not broth
- 1 tsp
- dried basil
- 1/2 tsp
- dried thyme
- 1 tsp
- salt, kosher variety, or to taste
- 2 pinch
- cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 4 Tbsp
- heavy or whipping cream
- grated parmesan cheese
- crackers or crusty bread
- balsamic vinegar
3I’ve done a lot of research on tomatoes; especially canned tomatoes. Here are two things that I’ve posted on that subject. If you have time to read them, they give you a lot of good information on working with canned tomatoes.
Cooking Class: The Best Canned Tomatoes
Removing the Bitter Taste from Canned Tomatoes
4I’ve chosen canned tomatoes for two reasons:
1. Good garden-fresh tomatoes are not available year round.
2. Good (the operative word being good) canned tomatoes just might be better than you think.
Here’s what you need for this recipe:
• Good canned tomatoes
• Whole tomatoes, and peeled
• Packed in juice
29Chef’s Tip: Besides the tomatoes, the ingredients that will influence the final taste of this dish the most are the salt, and the cream. I usually use a bit more salt because I like that way it reacts with the acidic tomatoes, and I think the cream helps to mellow out all of the flavors. My advice on the cream is to add 1 or 2 tablespoons and then give it a taste. Continue to add more cream until you reach the desired results. Or, you could leave the cream out altogether… totally up to you.
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