October 1, 2009

Homemade Tomato Soup

We had a fairly cool summer and our tomatoes didn't start ripening until a few weeks ago. Well, three days ago the temp dipped to freezing. We heard the forecast, so picked the rest of the big ripe tomatoes, which I froze, and these little cherry and pear tomatoes.
I've been looking forward to soup weather!
I washed the tomatoes and removed the stems.
And into a pot they went along with celery, onion, garlic, carrots, bay leaves, jalapenos, bacon, bell peppers, salt, pepper, cumin, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and white wine.
It doesn't take long for the tomatoes to start to break down... this is a shot after about 10 minutes on the stove. At this point I put a lid on the pot and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, the soup looked like this and was ready to strain.
I put everything through a food mill...
... there were too many seeds left in the soup, so I strained it again through a sieve.
I took two of the little biscuits that come in a roll and diced them up for croutons.
A few tablespoons of butter...
... add the bread cubes and stir until browned and crispy.
Here's the finished soup... it was very aromatic, just the right consistency and so flavorful! We ate this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich using the whole wheat bread I made the other day. No real recipe is needed for this. Just put ingredients that you like in with tomatoes, strain, simmer and enjoy!

You could add sausage to this soup if you want more substance, but it was very filling along with the sandwich.

25 comments:

  1. Wow...that's some serious right from scratch tomato goodness! Looks awesome :)

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  2. I'm not a big tomato soup fan, but I don't think I've ever had homemade. Somehow I'm guessing that's better than the stuff from the can. I would definitely try it. ;)

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  3. That first photo with the assorted tomatoes is just gorgeous. Your tutorial makes it possible for even a novice to make this.

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  4. I used to have a freind who made me homemade tomato soup and it was the best. Homemade is always the best isn't it? And homemade croutons too!

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  5. Wow! That soup looks great....I want lunch now....I love your pictures.

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  6. I love tomoato soup - yours looks outstanding. Adding the croutons is a great touch.

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  7. Mmmm, grilled cheese and tomato soup is total comfort food for me. This is like the grownup version and it sounds fantastic. Quick too! Hope you got a chance to use as much as possible before the temps turned on you!

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  8. looks like a pretty good haul of tomatoes and the pear shaped ones are so pretty. our tomatoes are starting to ripen but i think there'll be a lot of green ones to deal with too. soup looks lovely.

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  9. What an absolutely fabulous post! Made me feel like I was right next to you, just talking bout how to make GREAT soup!

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  10. There's nothing like home grown tomatoes, they're just so much nicer than tomatoes froma supermarket. The soup looks fabulous, I wish I could taste it!

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  11. Looks yummy.

    We have a tomato plant growing outside of our office building. It just spouted on it's own. It is now mostly filled with ripe cherry tomatoes, and they're really good. I pick one off every so often and eat it while coming into the building.

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  12. I love tomatoes and tomato soup! Thanks for showing us how you made it Karen! Love those biscuit croutons!

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  13. Followed you over from AYOTG. Your blog is totally fabulous! Great photo, recipes, and food!

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  14. I'll take a big bowl of this, PRONTO!! I love the shot with everything in the pot ready to make soup...so colorful and beckoning :D Are you busy??? This is the first I've seen you in a while...looking forward to more :D

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  15. what a gorgeous and delicious looking soup!

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  16. Biscuit croutons! You clever gal. :)

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  17. ahh comfort food....love how you served them with croutons! I've never seen the pear tomatoes before, so cute!

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  18. Yum. I need to make some soup, too. It snowed today and is soup weather.

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  19. The tomato soup looks wonderful! I love that you used different color tomatoes!

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  20. Tomato soups sounds good now that the weather has turned cool. This looks like a healthy tomato soup with all the veggies pureed in.

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  21. That really looks great! Especially since it is so gray and miserable outside. Thank you, Karen. Hope you are doing well.

    Susan
    Over at "RaisinToast"

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  22. The last year we kept a garden we grew those incredibly sweet little yellow tomatoes. I ate them like candy. I can almost smell your soup, Karen, and grilled cheese...talk about memories of childhood comfort foods.

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  23. I love this!! And now I have a reason to use the foodmill I received from my foster-grandmother! Our tomatoes were hit with blossom-end rot so we had to pick them green and room-ripen them. They still tasted better than most store-bought tomatoes but I wish our heirloom hadn't been eaten when it was just a sproutling. Thanks for this great recipe, as well as for the crouton tutorial!

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  24. Beautiful soup. Loved the grilled cheese with homemade bread. All of this is so evocative of real home cooking. We should all stive to be this creative and real.

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  25. OMG Karen i Tomato soup is my absolute favorite. It looks Riquisimo!

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