Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Winter Tomato Soup for the Slow Cooker

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I found this terrific recipe in Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensberger and Julie Kaufman. Those of you who try the recipe are in for a real taste treat. The soup is outstanding and once you've tasted it, I suspect the recipe will find its way into your regular rotation. It uses a lot of butter, and I know many of you will instinctively want to cut back on it as you prepare the soup. I urge you not to. This soup uses a handful of ingredients and cutting back on any of them is an invitation to disappointment. The slow cooker frees you from attending the soup as it cooks, so once you have sauteed the onions, the soup becomes an effortless creation. I hope you'll try this. It almost - almost - made my socks go up and down. Here's the recipe.

Winter Tomato Soup for the Slow Cooker...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Beth Hensperger

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 large or 2 medium-size yellow onions, chopped
1 quart home-canned tomatoes or one 28-ounce can imported Italian whole or chopped plum tomatoes, with their juice
1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
1 tablespoon sugar
1 heaping teaspoon dried tarragon
Kosher or sea salt to taste
Cold sour cream for serving

1) Melt butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 15 minutes, stirring often to cook evenly.
2) Combine tomatoes, vermouth, sugar, and tarragon in a slow cooker. Scrape contents of skillet into tomato mixture.Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
3) Purée in batches in a food processor or with a handheld immersion blender. Stain soup if you wish. Season with salt. Keep warm on LOW without letting it come to a boil until serving. Ladle hot soup into bowls and top with a spoonful of cold sour cream. Yield:4 servings.

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Tiffanee said...

Yum! That sounds delicious and perfect for these cold rainy days we have been having!

That Girl said...

I could use this in my rotation right about now!

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This sounds great! Tomato soup is one of my favorites. This would go perfectly with a nice, melty grilled cheese sandwich!

- Maggie

Ginny Hartzler said...

It looks wonderful. I still love a good bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese for lunch, or even dinner.

Anonymous said...

Very delicious this soup!!!
Complimenti tanti baci***


This looks so amazing and I love using a slow cooker. I am adding this to this weeks menu. Thanks, Mary.


Carol at Serendipity said...

This sounds scrumptious. I am off to check out cookbook!
Soup is perfect for weather like this.

Sanjeeta kk said...

This looks awesome..beautiful creamy texture and lovely color!

Anonymous said...

I used quite a bit of slowcooker past winter.Never occured to me to make tomatoe soep in it.Grrrrrrrr:)

Becki's Whole Life said...

This sounds wonderful - we love tomato soup in this house and I have to admit, I love that you can use canned tomatoes for this.

Kim said...

We published very similar recipes today... I published an italian version of a tomatoe soup, it is really good. This version of yours really looks amazing!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Perfect now that we are finally getting some cooler weather. Have to try this one, looks fantastic!

Unknown said...

Tomato soup is one of my favorites... can't wait to try this!!

From the Kitchen said...

Add a grilled cheese sandwich and call me to the table.


Big Dude said...

Sounds like a great tomato soup especially with little more than tomatoes for the liquid.

Emily Malloy said...

Perfection for a cool day like today!

Southerncook said...

Mary, This sounds very good and DH loves a good Tomato Soup. I am always looking for good recipes for my slow cooker, I have the All-Clad one that you can saute veggies on the stovetop and then just pop it into the slow cooker. I LOVE the thing. The ingredients will be on my next grocery list.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Rita said...

It does look like the perfect tomato soup; something I really don't make often enough.

Linda said...

What perfect timing! I was wanting to find a tomato soup recipe for my crock pot. Thanks for sharing!!

Priya Suresh said...

Looks super delicious and comforting..

Jenn Erickson said...

Mary, this sounds amazing! Our weather just took a turn for the cold and overcast yesterday, and I was gifted a huge basket of homegrown tomatoes. Your recipe will be perfect!

Thank you so much for visiting me at Rook No. 17! I look forward to enjoying more great recipes at One Perfect Bite!


Jenn Erickson said...

Silly me...just noticed that I don't need fresh tomatoes for this wonderful recipe. I'll use the fresh ones for salad, bruschetta and Caprese, and will instead pick up some good canned ones for the soup.


Claudia said...

I have a second crop of beefsteak but alas and alack no plum tomatoes. This will get made though. When it is chilly, this soup makes me snuggly.

Unknown said...

What a great recipe and perfect for those nights that you don't have much time. Just whip up a grilled cheese and you have dinner.

Manasi said...

I love tomato soup.. but never imagined using wine as one of the ingredients.
A perfect recipe for fall & winter.

Chiara said...

This sounds scrumptious Mary !perfect for these fall days...have a great day...

Unknown said...

Yum! Mary this soup looks so wonderful right now!

Michael said...

This looks delicious. new follower here :)
Aimee @ ShugarySweets

Marigold Houseware Boutique said...

My all time favorite dish--Tomato Soup. But I must say, 5-6 hours is seriously a long time. Can anyone tell me what the difference is to cooking it in a slow cooker vs a regular pot? THANKS!

Jen said...

where do you add the wine?

Mary Bergfeld said...

Jen it is added in step 2. The ingredient list called for dry vermouth or white wine.Have a greatday. Blessings...Mary

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