Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Real Tomato Soup

Many of us have warm feelings about canned tomato soup. It's a comfort food that many of us grew up with.  But what's in a can of soup? High fructose corn syrup! As the second ingredient! Yuck. I'd like something with fresh tomatoes, that tastes like real food.

I've been experimenting with recipes that capture the warm Sunday lunches of my youth. This is my favorite.

Real Tomato Soup

1 stick butter (or vegan alternative)
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
3 lbs tomatoes, cored and chopped
4 cups homemade stock, chicken or vegetable
1/4 C flour
salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a 2 qt saucepan.  Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 2 - 3 minutes until they start to soften.  Add the flour, and stir until smooth and bubbly. Pour the stock in slowly, stirring constantly over medium high heat until the mixture is thickened - about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Blend.

You can add a cup of cream at this point, but I like to add a dollop of Greek yogurt
and sprinkle with chiffonade basil.