Classic Tomato Soup

Everybody needs a “gold standard” tomato soup recipe – especially in the winter. This is my new one! This tasty recipe was adapted from Mad Hungry Cravings: 173 Recipes for the Food You want to Eat Right Now by Lucinda Scala Quinn. A great book.

The soup is creamy but creamless; it is slightly pink from the emulsification of the tomatoes and stock. We ate it with extra-sharp cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches and green salad. Mmmm. Grilled cheese croutons would be wonderful as well. Stay warm! My kids are on snow day #3 today!! 🙂 :/

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving, if desired
  • 4 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 tsp coarse salt
  • 4 28-oz cans whole tomatoes in juice (I used Cento San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 4 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 6 x 1 1/2-inch piece Parmesan rind
  • grated Parmesan, for serving, optional
  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the oil. When it shimmers, add the shallots, carrots, and celery, season with the salt, and sauté until soft and golden, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, and Parmesan rind; bring to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until the soup has thickened slightly. Remove and discard the Parmesan rind.
  3. Working in batches, transfer the soup to a food processor or blender, and puree. (I used an immersion blender.)
  4. Reheat the soup, if necessary. Add more chicken stock if needed for the desired consistency.
  5. Divide among bowls and garnish each with a drizzle of olive oil and grated Parmesan, if desired.

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