1The first time I made this soup was last fall when the weather was turning brisk. I made it with tomatoes that I had frozen in the summer. When my husband tasted it, he said it was a tomato soup that you would get in a five star restaurant. I made it again today with fresh tomatoes, it was lovely and full of flavor.
2I took my fresh tomatoes and blanched them for about 30 seconds in boiling water,and then put them in cold water to cool.
3The tomato skins peel right off of the tomatoes. You can do this to a peach as well to remove it's skin. I cut all the blemishes off the tomatoes, and cut them into quarters.
4Using my fingers, I got into the chambers of the tomatoes and removed the seeds. They push right out.
5All I have now is the meat of the tomato. At this point you can continue to make soup, or freeze the tomatoes for later use. For freezing, just put them in a freezer bag and label them and into the freezer they go to use in the winter for soups, stews or sauce. I froze all my tomatoes last year using this method. But we are making soup so...
6Put the tomatoes and all the spices and herbs, including the bouillon cubes into the bowl of a food processor and give it a whirl .
7Process until everything is smooth. Can you see the spices and herbs in there, it's going to be delicious.
8Now we're going to make a roux. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and whisk in the flour. I always let it boil a minute. I read somewhere that it takes the flour taste out of it.
9Next add the milk, and cook until it comes up in temperature before you add it to the tomatoes. Then warm it up and tweak the soup to your liking. if it's to thick , add some milk, if you want more herbs or spices, add them. If your tomatoes don't have the tomato flavor you hoped for, add a little tomato paste to the soup.
This soup is delicious with or with out a bread bowl. If your using frozen tomatoes, this recipe comes together from start to finish in about 20 minutes. If you prepare your fresh tomatoes ahead of time and make the soup, your still only looking at 20 minutes. This is a delicious, creamy, rich , flavorful soup that you will love. Enjoy!