Classic Tomato Soup
This is my favorite tomato soup, and it’s so easy. The only chopping involves some onions, garlic and basil, and the rest comes out of cartons and jars. Top with croutons and serve with good bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Classic Tomato Soup
For the Soup
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 3-1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 (26-ounce) boxes Pomi chopped tomatoes (or canned diced tomatoes; see note)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- ground black pepper
- Fresh chopped basil
- Seasoned croutons
- Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- In a large nonreactive pot (see note), heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. When butter is melted, add the onions and cook over medium-low/medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Do not brown. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more, stirring to be sure garlic does not burn. Add the flour and continue cooking and stirring for 1-2 minutes more.
- Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, sugar, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat while stirring to make sure that the flour is not sticking to the bottom or sides of the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Use a hand-held immersion blender to puree soup until very smooth. Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and puree in batches in a blender. Be sure to crack the lid or remove the center cap to allow steam to escape. Rinse the pot and return the soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper (it depends on the chicken broth you use, but I usually end up adding about a teaspoon more salt and several grinds of pepper). Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with fresh basil, croutons, and a generous sprinkling of Parmigiano- Reggiano if desired.
- Note: If you can't find Pomi boxed tomatoes, use canned. Just be sure to cook the soup a little longer, about 40 minutes.
- Note: A nonreactive pot is made of a material that will not negatively react with acids. Glass, stainless steel or enameled pots are all safe to use. Nonstick pots are also okay but be sure there are no scratches in the non-stick coating.
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