Monday, January 14, 2013

Cream of Tomato Soup

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is the perfect dish to make when you find yourself alone for dinner on a blustery winter's day. I'm featuring a wonderful soup that I first made for my grandsons who shied away from the acidic taste of most tomato soups. When faced with the locked lip syndrome, grandmothers have been known to do strange things. I decided to sweeten the soup I made for them with a bit of catsup. It wasn't a drastic change, mind you. I simply replaced the tomato paste used in the soup base with catsup and the deed was done. The finished soup was slightly sweeter and picked up a bit more flavor from the seasonings in the catsup. It was really good. In fact, it was so good that even the adults enjoyed a cup or two of it and it became my pantry go-to soup. I've found that recipes I repeat in my own kitchen make perfect features to share with you. The soup is made from ingredients that can be found in any well-stock pantry, so I thought you might like to try it for your own families. I'll wager that those of you who try it will really enjoy it. Here is how this simple soup is made.

Cream of Tomato Soup...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Saveur magazine

4 slices thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 tablespoons catsup
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup canned tomato sauce
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
1 (15-oz.) can whole, peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed by hand
1/4 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Crème fraîche, croutons, and finely chopped chives, to garnish

1) Heat bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook until its fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 15 minutes.
2) Add butter, and increase temperature to medium-high; add garlic, onion, and carrot, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes.
3) Add catsup, and cook, stirring, to blend. Add flour, and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes more.
4) Add tomato sauce, chicken stock,  thyme, bay leaf, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 30 minutes.
5) Remove from heat, and purée using an immersion blender. Stir in cream and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Ginny said...

This looks so good, I love tomato soup!

Coleens Recipes said...

This couldn't be more timely. I had some commercial tomato soup this afternoon and decided to check online to see if I could find a good homemade version. I didn't have to look very far after I saw your post, thank you!!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

It's a simple dish, but like you said, great on those cold days!
Duncan In Kuantan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, this looks so good! Catsup seems to improve EVERYTHING to my grandsons!! LOL! I'm thinking they may be onto something with your recipe! blessings ~ tanna

Jenn said...

I would love a bowl of that right now! We've had an extreme cold spell here in the AZ desert (low's in the 20's - high's in the low 40's!!) and I'm looking for all kinds of new soup recipes!

Kim G. said...

Of course, with kids ketchup do some miracles! This soup looks lovely!

Monet said...

Hi sweet friend. I have been craving a good tomato soup recipe. How did you know? Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have a great start to your week. Stay healthy, happy, and warm!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Gosh I just love tomato soup and this sounds lovely. Thanks Mary! Have a wonderful week.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This is a beautiful soup and a hearty one - lovely ingredients
Mary x

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

My husband isn't a fan of tomato soup, but a little ketchup might make him change his minds since he's a big fan of the stuff.

David said...

Mary, Cream of Tomato Soup is a real comfort food. The bacon and ketchup are interesting additions! I wonder if Benton's Bacon and Heinz Tabasco Ketchup would work with this recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Simona Mastantuono said...

this soup looks so delicious blessing simmy

Claudia said...

It's minus 3 degrees F. I need this today. And thanks to you, I shall have it.

sississima said...

very good, bye SILVIA

The Café Sucré Farine said...

There's always room for another tomato soup recipe. I love that there's a zillion variations. Yours sounds wonderful, I might need to try this one with my grandchildren!

France@beyondthepeel said...

Fast and easy. The perfect everyday soup. Thanks!

teresa said...

mmm, my belly got warm just looking at your pics. this looks wonderful!

Joanne said...

who knew that catsup was the magic ingredient? Looks like a hearty bowl to me!

bellini said...

I can see that the ketchup would make a difference. I would never have thought of it.

Linda Trapp said...

Just pinned this so I can find it again. I've been wanting to try a tomato soup and your recipe looks perfect.

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