Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Creamy Tomato Soup

Help! Does anyone have any ideas what to do with the rest of the can of tomato paste when every recipe only calls for 1 or 2 tablespoons??!

Life has been super busy, which is why it's been a month and a half since I've posted anything. I've had lots of things I've wanted to write about, and have a couple of unfinished posts hanging around, but just don't have a lot of mental energy at the moment. I have finally reached my "light at the end of the tunnel" - the time in which things should become more manageable at work. I have been looking forward to this for a while. I can focus a little more on cyclocross racing and other things that I'd like to give my attention to, like reading, writing and cooking (not arithmetic, that's for sure).
This is probably my favorite time of year for cooking, so I'm happy to get back into it. I made chili a couple of weeks ago which was the perfect thing to have after a very muddy 'cross race. This weekend, Todd requested tomato soup. He rarely requests anything specific, so when he does, I'm on it! My mom and I had tried a tomato soup recipe in August when tomatoes were in season. It called for roasting the tomatoes. It was really quite bland and not something I'd make again. So this time, I just used canned tomatoes, and found a recipe to make on the stovetop. I thought it was quite good, and I used the cream like it called for since I was in the mood for something a little decadent, but I don't think it needs the cream. We had the soup with some grilled cheese sandwiches made from sourdough bread, Cabot cheddar and a little dijon mustard. It made for some nice casual comfort food on a chilly evening.

Creamy Tomato Soup
2 tblsp butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small carrot, finely diced
2 tblsp flour
2 lb fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped or 1 28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes with juices
2 cups veggie broth
1 tblsp tomato paste
1 tblsp fresh basil or 1/2 tspn dried
2 tspns fresh thyme or 1/2 tspn dried
1 bay leaf
1 cup light cream or milk
salt and pepper

1. In a large non-reactive pan melt the butter. Sautee the onion and carrot for 3-5 minutes.
2. Add flour and stir constantly for 1-2 minutes without allowing to color.
3. Add tomatoes with juices, broth, tomato paste, basil, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Blend in batches or use a super cool immersion blender to puree.
5. Return to pan and add cream/milk on low heat stirring frequently until warmed up.


Vegetation said...

I don't like soup (wait! It gets better) except for one. And that is tomato. Yours sounds delicious! I'm definitely keeping it in mind for next time I'm having soup!

With tomato paste, if you turn the jar upside down and shake it it creates a kind of seal in the lid and it doesn't go mouldy as quickly (I've never had one go mouldy this way), but if you really don't use much at all, you can freeze it in Tbsp sized bits in an ice cube tray then put them in a plastic bag in the feezer. That way you always have tomato paste.

Michele said...

That's a great idea to freeze the tomato paste in ice cube trays. I've done that with pesto before, but didn't think to apply that same concept here!
I practically live on soups in the winter here! Is it that you don't like mushy foods? I'm so happy to have found a good tomato soup and will be making that a bunch this winter.

Vegetation said...

I don't know why! I think it's just I don't like to drink my food. I'm learning to like it slowly, I just add lots of pasta and extra chunky veggies and couscous and anything else I can think of to it (I guess that kind of makes it stew more than soup though!)