Simple tomato soup

I had 24 tomato plants in my garden last year, so I had lots of tomatoes that I tossed in the freezer. I’ve been making either soup or salsa, since thawed tomatoes are too mushy for anything else. The year before I dehydrated a bunch of tomatoes too, which you can re-hydrate and use to jazz up recipes like hummus. In any case, there is just nothing better on a cold day than homemade tomato soup. I wanted a really easy recipe that also has a lot of flavor. I kind of throw things together sometimes without measuring too much so these measurements are approximate.

Tomato Soup

2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter1 large onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 quarts tomatoes (I use two quart bags from the freezer, so…)
1 tbsp. dried thyme or 1 fresh sprig
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil, dill, oregano or chives as a garnish

Heat the oil and butter over medium heat in a stock pot or dutch oven. Add onions and garlic and saute until onions are soft but not browned. Add broth, tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over high heat then turn to low and simmer for 30 minutes or so. Puree in batches in a blender until smooth. I tried using a handheld stick blender for this but it wasn’t smooth enough, so a Vita-mix or other blender works better. You can also use the basil, dill, oregano or chives in place of the thyme, depending on what kind of flavor you like. I didn’t think thyme would go well in tomato soup but it tastes great. This recipe originally called for sugar but I don’t believe soups need sugar. Add a bit if you like…

 

 

 

One thought on “Simple tomato soup

  1. Mom

    I’ve made this using canned tomatoes but know that fresh/frozen would be awesomely better.I Always enjoy your blog :)

    Reply

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