I love tomato soup (LOVE LOVE LOVE) but I always buy premade or in a can soup. So with all our tomatoes, I decided to finally make a proper homemade tomato soup.
Alot of recipes call for crushed canned tomatoes, but it’s summer and I wanted to use our fresh tomatoes, so I did that instead.
The recipe I’m using comes from here but with my changes below. Also the amounts below equal about 3 servings.
28 oz of tomatoes – this equaled for me 3 beef tomatoes and 5 romas (I guessed)
1 cup chicken broth
8 fresh basil leaves, minced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
So like I said, most recipes just list canned tomatoes so now we have to take our fresh tomatoes and get them to that point. Extra work? Yes. Worth it? Definitely!
So first we need to blanch the tomatoes – blanching consists of boiling the tomatoes for a small amount of time and then quickly putting them in ice water – this makes their skin peel off easily!
Clean your tomatoes and say hello to them.
Cut X’s on the bottom of every tomato, also cut off the top stem.
Put in boiling water – for about 1 minute.
Spoon each one out and put it in ice water immediately. Leave them in here for a minute.
Where you cut the X, your tomato skin will peel off.. see.. amazing, no?
My tomatoes, feeling naked… Compost those skins too.
So now let’s get these tomatoes crushed. You can do many ways here – you can use a blender, potato blender, but I like my food chopper. So I cut a few tomatoes up and put them in here.
Chop for a few seconds until this.
Repeat until all the tomatoes are done. So now we got our crushed tomatoes.. let’s begin!!
Pour chicken broth (I use bouillon cubes) into tomatoes – bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
While it’s simmering, let’s collect our basil. I walk a few feet to our basil plant. Take a minute and enjoy the smell.
Then mince the basil.
Once it’s done simmering, add your sugar and basil. Stir it up.
Add your milk and butter, crank it up to medium heat.
Stir until all ingredients are blended, what you got here is tomato soup!
Put in bowl, garnish with extra basil leaves if you want.
Serve with grilled cheese because there’s no combination better than that.