One of our favorite low key meals is tomato soup and grilled cheese. We usually just buy the soup from a specialty market, but since moving to Seattle we haven’t found any tomato soup that we liked, so I decided to take a stab at it and see what I could come up with. The first time I tried to make it, it was more tomato water…not so much soup. So this time I looked up a bunch of recipes to research ingredients, directions and options and came up with my own recipe. A Mindy Original Recipe a.ka. MOR!
- 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
- 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
- 4 Garlic Cloves, diced
- 1 ½ Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1 Tbsp Flour
- 4 cups Chicken Broth
- ½ tsp Dried Thyme
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 16 oz Tomato Puree
- 4 oz Goat Cheese + extra for topping
- Croutons (optional)
- Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a pan and saute carrots, onion and garlic for 5 – 7 minutes or until onions are translucent.
- Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes until it browns.
- Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for 3 – 5 minutes to cook out any flour flavor and brown the mixture.
- Add the tomato puree, chicken broth, thyme and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down and simmer for 30 minutes (stirring occasionally).
- Remove the soup from the heat and mix in the goat cheese.
- Using a blender puree the soup in 2 – 4 batches.
- Return the soup back to the pot, season and reheat as needed.
I served this soup with croutons and a dollop of goat cheese on top! Man, this recipe turned out AWESOME! I was so proud of myself! It not only smelled amazing but it actually tasted good. Rich and creamy with a a hint of tartness from the goat cheese. Can’t wait to make this again on a cold rainy day. Living in Seattle I think we’ll have a few of them 😉
The thing I failed at the most the first time I tried to make tomato soup was using the blender. It just went everywhere! I read up on some techniques and I decided to go with this one: Pour 2 – 3 ladles of soup into the blender and turn the blender on low. Slowly start adding more soup in the open top of the blender until the blender is ½ full. Continue blending until it’s at the consistency you’d like. Repeat for each batch until all the soup has been pureed.