Sunday, November 7, 2010

Souper Sunday: Tomato Soup

My friend, Katie Noah Gibson, submitted this week's soup recipe and promises more to follow in the weeks ahead. So grateful to have met Katie at Jen Lee's Integrate Retreat earlier this year. Our friendship was forged over cups of tea, shared stories, and a life-altering visit to The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn. She's a keeper, that one ... and an incredibly talented writer, too! Katie and her husband, Jeremiah, recently made the huge move from Texas to Boston, so she will be earning her Ph.D. in soup-making this winter. This tomato soup recipe is a favorite that her friend, Rachel, adapted from an Everyday Food recipe, and then passed on to her. The best recipes comes from dear friends!

Tomato Soup

1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons, olive oil
A handful of basil leaves (to taste)
Tomatoes (Katie used about a dozen, or 1-2 #10 cans of whole peeled tomatoes)
Chicken broth (about 2 cups)
1/2 stick of butter (if desired)
Cream (if desired)

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. When everything is tender (but not brown), add tomatoes, roughly chopped, and basil, torn or chopped. Add chicken broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and let simmer until the tomatoes begin to break down (15-20 minutes). Add half a stick of butter, if desired.

When the tomatoes are soft and breaking down, transfer the mixture to a blender, 3-4 cups at a time, and process to a smooth, creamy consistency. Transfer the blended soup to a large bowl or pot, and continue blending until you reach the desired texture. Return to pot and simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Add salt or pepper to taste, if desired.

Add cream to individual bowls, if desired. Serve hot, with crusty bread.


In case you've missed previous Souper Sunday posts:

Sunday, 10/31/10: Santa Fe Pumpkin Chowder - Amy Bogard
Sunday, 10/17/10: Curried Carrot Soup - jakk

In case you have a soup recipe to submit for a future Souper Sunday post:

Please send via e-mail to along with 1) a photo of the soup, you, you + the soup, or anything that captures the mood of the season and 2) a link to the blog or website to which you would like to be linked.

1 comment:

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

I make a version of tomato soup that's very close to this, but it doesn't have butter in it. I may have to try that! (butter makes everything better.) One of my favorite fall/winter meals is homemade tomatoe soup, grilled cheese, and slices of a crisp apple. So yummy.