Tomato Soup from Scratch

by Shayla Ebsen

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Tomato soup is one of my favorite winter and rainy day meals. It reminds me of lazy weekend days as a child when my mom would cook us grilled cheese sandwiches and creamy tomato soup.

I love the flavors in this tomato soup from scratch and it fills the home with an irresistible aroma while cooking. It’s perfect for a weekend lunch and the leftovers are great to take to the office for an inexpensive weekday meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 large globe tomatoes, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 white onion, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • soup pasta (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Coat the bottom of a large saute pan with the olive oil. Dump in the tomatoes, garlic, onion and celery. Cover the vegetables and cook over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes or until the mixture is pulpy and soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a food processor or into a blender if you don’t have a food processor. Puree until well-blended and smooth. Transfer back to the sauté pan. Add the chicken stock, cream (if using) and soup pasta (if using).
  • If using the pasta, cook the soup for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender. If not using the pasta, bring the soup to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat, salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

Tips for Success:

  • For a healthier variety, omit the pasta and heavy cream, you may then need to use additional chicken stock if you want to thin out the soup a little more.
  • If the tomatoes have large seeds that aren’t reduced while blending, push the mixture through a strainer after blending and before returning to the sauté pan to finish cooking.
  • Homemade bread is the perfect complement to this tomato soup recipe.
  • Top each bowl of soup with mozzarella cheese and freshly chopped parsley for a quick garnish.

What is your favorite type of homemade soup?

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1 kelsey January 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Um, pretty sure this is about to me my new favorite homemade soup :) Looks delicious!

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2 Shayla January 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Hey thank you Ms. Kelsey ;-) It makes the house smell delicious while it’s cooking.

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