Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quick Tomato Soup

Native to South America, it took a little time for this fruit to gain acceptance as a food (treated as a veggie today) in the U.S. and Europe. Today, the tomato is an integral part of our lives and many of the worlds cuisines. Sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and sweet basil is one of my favorite summer side dishes. Look at the other recipes that depend and rely on a few good tomatoes to build character in a bowl....gazpacho, minestrone, ratatouille and of course, tomato soup.

For the soup
4 cups tomatoes
1/2 C. medium chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/4 C. chopped carrots
32 Oz. of chicken broth, I used low fat
1 t. salt
3 T. butter, salted
3 T. all purpose flour

Gently saute the onion, celery and carrots until soft. Add tomatoes and simmer ten minutes. Add (cooled) cooked ingredients and process until smooth. Add flour and butter to medium size pan to make a roux. Whisk continuously while adding 1 cup of the broth. Slowly add the rest of the chicken broth, stirring well. Incorporate the tomato base to the broth and simmer.

This soup takes very little time to prepare.....so tasty with some warm, crusty French bread.


Simona said...

I see the colors of the Italian flag in the photo. Nice soup! Can you believe, I have never made tomato soup? This must change.

katiez said...

I was just thinking how good some tomato soup would taste... and no recipe. Great timing!

K and S said...

thanks for sharing this :)

Juliana said...

Yummie, never made tomato soup, should give a try, your sounds and looks delicious and most importantly, simple :-)

Penny said...

This sounds like the perfect tomato soup. And your madeleines look wonderful. Browning the butter to bring out the nutty flavor is a great idea. I have done this with choc. chip cookies and they are much better.

Jann said...

Juliana~oh, give this soup a try.It's so easy!

Jann said...

Penny~Thank you for your kind comments. I agree with you about the browning of the butter~what a terrific aroma!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I need to make this! I love the colors in the photos, Jann. Nice choice.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What gorgeous photographs. The green with the red & white. Wow. You really have an eye for photography.
This recipe sounds easy and good. I like the roux too.