Homemade Tomato Soup

by Nicki on September 26, 2012

in Frugal Food

In the northeast, the nights are getting cold and the mornings are cool and crisp. Fall is here! Weather like this makes me want to pull out some soup recipes.

I love a really good tomato soup. I’ve tried a few times in the past to make it from scratch with little success. There was always something wrong with the flavor or texture.

Then I tried this recipe. It was really delicious. It’s more of a bisque-like soup, rather than a chunky, hearty soup. It was so velvety smooth and filling. A great supper soup. We had a Caesar salad with it and it was plenty. Cuddle up and enjoy!

Homemade Tomato Soup

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes <– find the fire roasted. It’s worth it.
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar (to taste)
  • Basil, dried or fresh – start with 2 tsp. dried or 1 tbsp. fresh

What to do:

In a big pot (the one you want to make the soup in), saute the garlic, celery, carrots and onion in the oil/butter until soft. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, basil and broth. When it’s good and hot, add the cream cheese. Simmer 20 minutes or so. Give it a good stir and taste it. Add sugar, more basil, salt … whatever. Go wild. Now, if you’re more awesome than me and you have an immersion blender (why, oh WHY do I still not have one??), go ahead and blend this soup right in the pot until it’s creamy and smooth. If you ARE like me and you don’t have one, then pull out your food processor and have a nice time pouring hot soup into it without burning yourself. Puree it until you think it’s done, and then go a little longer. Taste for smoothness. Once it’s good, pour it back into the pot and reheat a few minutes. Serve immediately.

Why I do what I do ~ Getting out of the shower, Chloe says, “I’m Coldilocks!”

The photo above is not my soup, but it looks exactly like it with that lighter color and smooth, thick consistency. Oh man … I want to go in the kitchen and whip it up just writing about it …

photo credit: stevendepolo

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