Forget “Mmm Mmm good”, this Tomato Soup is “Mmm Mmm great”!
There is a surprise ingredient in this recipe which I’ll tell you about in just a second. It makes the soup taste smooth, rich and creamy without adding any cream!
There are also a few pantry items you will need.
This recipe is made with canned whole tomatoes rather than fresh tomatoes, which makes it great a year round recipe! Winter tomatoes tend to be tasteless and the texture quite mealy. A bay leaf will add great flavor, but remember you don’t actually eat the bay leaf. Olive oil, chicken or vegetable broth, and brown sugar complete the pantry ingredient list.
As always, get all your ingredients prepared before you turn on the stove!
Start by chopping an onion.
If you have difficulty holding the onion while you chop it, there is actually a way to make an onion holder out of the skin of the onion!
Preparing fresh garlic is not as complicated as you might think. When recipes call for 1 clove of fresh garlic it usually means approximately 1 teaspoon of fresh garlic.
I have minced the garlic for this recipe, but you could also have crushed it if you find that easier.
The surprise ingredient is white bread! Yes it does seem like an odd addition but it will cook down and make this soup rich and creamy!
Slice off the crusts of the bread….
…and cut or tear it into 1 inch pieces.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it is shimmering.
Add the onion…
… garlic and bay leaf.
Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and their juice.
Using a potato masher, mash the tomatoes until the pieces are no bigger than 2 inches.
Add the sugar…
…and the bread…
…and give everything a stir.
Bring the soup to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bread is completely saturated and starts to break down, about 5 minutes.
The soup now needs to get processed in a blender until it is smooth. This needs to be done very carefully as the soup is hot. Set out the blender and have a bowl ready to put the soup into after it is blended.
Remove the bay leaf from the soup and throw it away. It cannot be reused.
Scoop out the soup with a ladle and pour it into the blender. Only fill the blender half way with the soup. This will have to get done in 2 to 3 batches.
DO NOT OVERFILL THE BLENDER. The steam from the hot soup will blow the top right off if you over fill the blender.
Release the steam by leaving open a small crack in the plug on the cover of the blender.
Put a kitchen towel over the lid of the blender to hold it in place.
Now let her rip! Process the soup for 2-3 minutes or until it is smooth.
OOPS! Forgot a step! Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the blender before you start blending
Good olive oil will really enhance both the flavor and the texture of this soup!
Now pour the soup into a bowl and continue processing the remainder of the soup.
Put the soup in the blender and add the oil…
…release the steam…
…cover the lid with a kitchen towel…
…puree until smooth!
The soup has to get added back to the pot to adjust the thickness with some chicken or vegetable stock. Be sure to wash the pot first!
Now pour the soup back into the pot.
Add as much as 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth until the soup reaches the consistency that suits your taste.
Return the soup to a boil.
Now taste the soup and decide how much salt…
…and pepper the soup needs.
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This recipe was adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
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