Tomato soup – a first but definitely not a last!

The other day it was cold, I wanted to eat something light but warm and we had recently bought way too many tomatoes on sale at the supermarket.

I made tomato soup for the first time. It’s fairly easy, and the ingredients seem to be pretty flexible from recipe to recipe… I chose the following, which are basically a mix of what I read!

Not in the photo: oil, butter, salt, pepper and the celery that’s in one of the next photos. The carrots, as you might have noticed, were frozen. I love freezing things for “emergencies” …or when I’m feeling particularly lazy 😀
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Chop up the veggies in a haphazard way, remembering to include the celery that you forgot to put in the previous photo. This was frozen, too.
Put the veggies (but not the tomatoes!) to simmer in a mix of oil and butter. When they’re nice and soft, add some stock and let it melt. Add a glass of warm water.

Did you know I make my own bouillon cubes?

When the stock is nicely absorbed, add the coarsely chopped tomatoes. Let them simmer, then add water (if you put a bouillon cube) or more stock until they’re just covered. Let them cook….and cook…..

…until they’re nice and soft. One recipe said to add butter to remove the acidity, but I add baking soda. Because my mother does, and because I’m a scientist so I know that butter covers the acidity whereas baking soda eliminates the acidity.


When the tomatoes are nicely cooked, blend the whole thing. Salt and pepper to taste.

One of the recipes called for sherry at this point, and I remembered that onion soup also needs something alcoholic at the end (I think I remember brandy) so since we didn’t have any sherry on hand we added brandy. On second thoughts however maybe port would have been a better choice because it’s more liquory.

Just in case you’re wondering, the brandy did make a difference and did taste good.
When I served the soup I added a dollop of sour cream, but it can very well be served without. A great compliment to the dish is a slice of bread with some brie. mmmmh – perfect combination!

And you’re done! Another easy and comforting food that you can prepare with simple ingredients that you probably already have at home. Enjoy!

2 Comments on “Tomato soup – a first but definitely not a last!

    • Thank you! It took a while to get the hang of it…remember, vertical photos are distracting 😉 Try to stay with square or horizontal!


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