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!

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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.
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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?

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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.

Anyhow.

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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.

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Just in case you’re wondering, the brandy did make a difference and did taste good.
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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!

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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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