Homemade Tomato Soup

Cliff is a big proponent of eating grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup when the weather starts getting chilly. I’ve never been all that jazzed about it – thus far, all of the tomato soups I’ve tried here have been either repulsive or so acidic that I end up with raging heartburn. So I finally broke down and searched for a tomato soup recipe. I found a winner here, but the proportions need tweaking. My version is below, calling for much less dairy than the original.

8 tomatoes, peeled*, seeded and roughly chopped (they’re getting boiled and blended anyway)
1.5 L (50 oz) tomato juice
15-20 leaves fresh basil
2 T c heavy cream
1 1/2 T butter
pinch sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Bring tomatoes and juice to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add basil and pulse in blender or process with immersion blender until smooth. Over medium low heat, stir in cream, butter, sugar, salt and pepper until heated through. Do not boil or the cream will curdle.

*Do you know how to peel a tomato? I’d always heard you’re supposed to stick a whole tomato on the end of a fork, then immerse it in boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Jesus, that sounds like a trip to the emergency room (complete with tomato-shaped burn scars) just waiting to happen. If you have a gas stove, there is an easier way: stick your whole tomato on the end of a fork and roast the tomato in a burner flame (medium high worked for me), turning it slowly to get most of the flesh in the flame for about 5 seconds (if the skin turns black, blisters or pops, you’re done – turn that thing!). Don’t burn yourself trying to get every square inch – as long as you get most of it, you’re fine. Then, quarter the tomatoes to seed them. If you roasted them well enough, you should notice the skin starting to pull away from the cut edges. You can pull the skin up from the loose edge and peel the tomatoes now.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Tomato Soup”

  1. Hezamarie

    Yeah, my dad had that unfortunate experience in Germany. He ordered tomato soup to take a break from all the traditional meat dishes and ended up with bad stomach pains from all the acid. Thanks for the recipe. IMHO, Grilled cheese sandwich must be triangles to have the full comfort effect.

  2. Tammy

    I LOVE grilled cheese and tomato soup!! I am hungry now….

  3. Sarah

    @Heza: Mmm, grilled cheese triangles. We did the cheese grillin’ all fancy with good bread and fancy cheese, but sometimes Wundabread and Kraft singles really hit the spot.

    @Tammy: Totally vegetarian, too. I thought of you while making it.

  4. Mom

    I’m with Cliff on the grilled cheese and tomato soup for chilly weather. I also start thinking about roast pork with just about anything, so I took some over to G&G’s with a casserole of roasted vegetables: carrots, fennel, potatoes, and onions. The pork loin had a rub of cumin, oregano, corainder and chili powder, with garlic cloves inserted into the meat. My gosh it was good!
    If you have to do very many tomatoes, drop them into enough boiling water to cover and leave them for a minute. The skins will split if they are ripe. Lift them out with a slotted spoon to avoid the emergency room. In a few minutes they’ll be cool enough to peel.

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