There are few things better in this world than a late tomato harvest. Of course, by this time you’ve had all the salads, salsas and sauces you can stand, and the weather has started to turn chilly.
Enter Tomato Soup.
First you start with some standard soup veggies; Celery, Carrots and onions. I was lacking onions so I used some shallots I had lying around. I like to sauté these in a little bacon fat with salt until they are tender, but you could use butter, olive oil or lard if you like.
While they are in the pan, peel your tomatoes, which is easier if you pop them in a pot of boiling water for 3 – 5 seconds.
Once the veggies are tender, I added the chopped tomatoes, your favorite spices (I used Italian Seasoning) and enough chicken stock to cover all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for as long as you like, at least 20 minutes. The longer you simmer, the more the broth will reduce and thicker your soup will be. I simmered mine about 35 minutes.
Working in batches, blend the goods until smooth. Here you can add as much salt and pepper as your heart desires. White pepper will keep your soup from having spots, but I don’t mind the fresh-cracked-pepper/are-those-ants-in-your-soup look.
I like to garnish with parsley, Monkey prefers goldfish crackers. Sometimes I’ll add some shredded cheese, plain yogurt or heavy cream, which will turn the soup into a bisque. The sky is really the limit here.
Harvest Tomato Soup
- 1 – 4 tbsp Bacon Grease/Olive Oil/Butter/Lard
- 1 – 3 stalks Celery, chopped
- 1 – 3 Carrots, sliced
- 1 Onion or 1 – 4 Shallots/Scallions, chopped
- 3 – 12 of your favorite Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- Chicken Stock
- Combine onions of your choice, celery and carrots in a saucepan with oil of your choice over medium heat. Sauté until tender.
- Add tomatoes, spices and enough chicken stock so all veggies are taking a bath. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes to an hour.
- Working in batches, blend until smooth.
- Return soup to pot and season as desired.
- Serve and garnish with your choice of toppings.