It is soup season. When the weather turns cooler and life gets crazier I love to have soup. Well, I love soup anytime but my family - not so much. They will indulge me though when it is COLD out.
Awhile back I made cream of mushroom soup - a delicious alternative to the stuff in a can. So, I was encouraged to try tomato soup again. "Red soup" as Sylvia calls it is her absolute favorite lunch. And she really only likes the stuff in the can. Last night I decided that I needed to come up with a healthy homemade version of tomato soup. I have tried in the past but haven't been thrilled with my results.
I decided to go to the Go To book - How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. (Amazon link at the bottom of my blog) I hoped he could help me and he did - he had a cream of tomato soup recipe - along with 5 other versions - I made it with just the little addition of baking soda.
The last few times I have tried making tomato soup I ended up with curdled, cheesy milk in it - kinda weird. Edible but weird. I have a couple tips to help you not make that mistake.
- - add a bit of baking soda to the pot before you add your milk. It will foam up a bit, but it evidently neutralizes the acid.
- warm your milk or cream up before adding to the milk
2 TBS real butter
2 TBS tomato paste
1 large onion, sliced
1 carrot diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large can chopped tomatoes, including the juices (or 4 cups fresh, peeled, seeded and chopped)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 cup cream or whole milk (raw if you can get it)
Melt the butter in a large deep pot over medium heat. Then add the tomato paste and let it cook for a minute and then add the onion and carrot, add salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes - you want the onion to begin to soften.
Add the tomatoes and thyme and cook stirring occasionally, until the tomato breaks up, about 15 minutes. Puree carefully with an immersion blender or a regular blender. Let it cool just a bit and then add your cream or milk stirring to combine.
This was really good. Sylvia ate it but I think it will be awhile until she forgets the "other soup".
I do think it is a bit much work for a quick lunch though so, I will also be making this in a smaller portion - 1 small can of tomatoes, still 2 tbs of tomato paste, 1 tsp onion powder, pinch of thyme, salt, pepper, 1/8 tsp soda and 1/2 cup of raw milk - warmed.
I am linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop!