Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cream of Tomato Soup

Here's another dish I had to consume during my wisdom teeth "saga" (I exaggerate, of course). This soup was very good and hearty. However, it didn't take long for me to get tired of soups. What I liked about this recipe was that it had a small enough yield for one or two people compared to the soup recipe from Ina Garten (why do most of her recipes yield so much?).
Anyway, make sure you season this soup well. If you're eating this soup right after an extraction, purée the soup more than I did. I ate this after 3 or 4 days of my extraction, and I was lazy, so I didn't purée it. I will be sharing one more soup I consumed during my extraction, then we can move on to solid foods again hehe. On the top of the soup, I added small squares of a grilled cheese sandwich as garnish!

Cream of Tomato Soup
adapted from Life's Ambrosia and Ina Garten

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup chicken broth or dry white wine (I don't drink alcohol, so I used extra broth)
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted or regular crushed tomatoes (I always use a box of Pomì)
3/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tsp granulated sugar (to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes)
Black pepper
Kosher salt
1/2 cup half-n-half or heavy cream

Chopped fresh basil
Grilled cheese sandwich chopped into squares

In a large saucepan heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted add onions and garlic, cook until onion is softened about 5 minutes. Add in 2 Tbsp of flour to form a roux. Cook the roux for 3-5 minutes. Pour in broth or wine, and allow to cook for 1 minute. Add in crushed tomatoes, vegetable or chicken broth and granulated sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.

Slowly stir the cream/half-n-half into the soup, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

For a smoother soup, blend the mixture, and process it until smooth. Just before serving, sprinkle with chopped fresh basil and/or grilled cheese sandwich squares.



  1. Faz algum tempo, procuro uma boa receita de sopa de tomate. Experimentei a sopa Campbell's mas para o meu paladar é ácida demais. Vou experimentar a sua versão, que além de linda me parece bem reconfortante. Beijo!

  2. What a lovely soup! I'll definitely try this with my garden tomatoes. I feel for you with your wisdom teeth. I had mine out one at a time over several years but I should have done what you did. Glad you have it behind you. Thanks for stopping by my site!

  3. Definitely a delicious way to use the tomatoes that will be abundant here by summer's end. Glad you're on the mend!

  4. Se ve fantastica esta crema. Un saludo

  5. Your cream of tomato soup looks very hearty! I like the nice touch of adding grilled cheese sandwich bits as a garnish instead of on the side--never would have thought of that idea. You know, based on the last few recipes you have posted here, it seems that you have a pretty tasty recovery going on, girl!

    Take care and continue to heal, baby girl! I will see you soon :o)

  6. Delicious soup, I like Ina Garten too. I think her recipe is simple and delicious. Nice presentation Memoria.

  7. I love tomato soup but have never made it at home. I'll have to try this recipe.

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  9. Mem, I hope you're feeling better these days. Can you eat "regular" food now? I think you did a FAB job on this hearty soup. Love your addition of grilled cheese squares. If it were me after a wisdom tooth extraction, I don't think I'd be able to handle cooking and photographing! Too much discomfort ... so hats off to you!

  10. I'm not usually a fan of tomato soup. Pero me gustaría que esta sopa.

  11. LOVE the idea of garnishing this soup with grilled cheese "croutons". So clever, and I'm sure delicious!

  12. Lovely soup. I always freeze extra because I'm lazy that way! LOL

  13. That soup looks amazing! Then you added bits of grilled cheese sandwich and I think my heart stopped beating for sheer joy! That is a great idea! I will have to do that in the future.

    I think Ina's recipes yield so much because she has all those dinner parties! But man her recipes are sure good though!

  14. I'm not overly fond of soup but the kiddos are and my babygirl's growing tomatoes in her garden. Surely that's a sign.

    I'm off to check out that cheesecake. Waaaaay more yummy than tomato soup. lol, :)

  15. This tomato soup looks delish and how clever to use grilled cheese squares as a topping.

    I'm only guessing but I think Ina Garten's recipe always yield a lot because her first recipes were based out of her Barefoot Contessa store where they had to produce in larger quantities. I love her recipes!

  16. I made Ina Gartens fresh tomato soup and everyone loved it! Thanks for posting an alternate recipe that uses canned tomatoes ~

  17. I made Ina's tomato soup too! It was fabulous, as are all her recipes. Yours looks perfect!

  18. That looks incredible! I love the chunks of tomato and you are BRILLIANT for cutting up your grilled cheese sandwich for garnish. I hope your mouth is feeling better now that it's had some time to heal.

  19. Just curious--why do you have to temper the cream? I thought that only had to be done with eggs so they wouldn't scramble.

  20. I don't know, Veronica. I took that step out. I have added cold milk to hot tomato sauces many of times. I guess the the person who created the recipe (that step came from Life's Ambrosia), thought the milk would curdle or something.

  21. I love this twist - often I'll do a Mexican version of it by spicing up the tomato soup & using cheese quesedillas as the "croutons". Yum!

  22. LOVE the grilled cheese garnish!

  23. OHHHH my! This sounds (and looks!) divine! Bookmarked :)

    Delightful Bitefuls


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