Fresh Tomato Soup Series Part 1: A Basic Tomato Soup Recipe

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Welcome to part I in my tomato soup series! With so many luscious, beautiful tomatoes currently in season, I figured a blog series on different ways to use them in soups would be a lot of fun. In today’s post I’m going to start with a simple and basic tomato soup recipe. For each post in the series I’ll share recipes that will get progressively more interesting and adventurous.

That said, the common theme throughout all the recipes will be the use of FRESH organic tomatoes which are picked at peak ripeness and thus have tons of flavor. Right now, during peak season, there is a bounty of choices, with local farms and farmers markets selling a multitude of tomato varieties.

Here are the beautiful tomatoes I’m using for today’s basic tomato soup recipe…

heirloom tomatoes for summer tomato soup recipe

Those are heirloom tomatoes from my local vegetable CSA. They have blemishes, scars, uneven folds and as a result would not be sold in a supermarket. Which is just stupid because they’re just so juicy and delicious. Isn’t that the point when you buy tomatoes?!!

Beyond appearance also keep in mind that most supermarket tomatoes are picked before they’re ripe and chemically treated to make them last longer. This is good for business but it greatly diminishes their nutrition and flavor. Now if you’re reading this and it’s not currently peak season you can certainly use organic canned tomatoes instead which have a more concentrated flavor. Choose a good quality organic brand with minimal additives.

But the real purpose of this series is to expand your horizons for using the bounty of fresh in season tomatoes. What follows is a series of four simple steps that you can alter to whatever ingredients you want to use. After the four steps you’ll see a short list of different veggies, herbs and dairy toppings that can you plug into those four steps for different flavors and variations.

4 Steps to Make a Basic Tomato Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

Step 1. Roast the tomatoes

Roasting fresh tomatoes will dramatically deepen their flavor. It will caramelize them which brings out a wonderful rich sweetness in the soup. Simply slice your tomatoes in half and place them on a baking or roasting pan/sheet with the sliced side down. Roast at 400 degrees in the oven for about 45 minutes. Use whatever tomatoes you want here. Plum, Roma, beefsteak, heirloom tomatoes and different types of vine tomatoes are all great to use. Here’s my the heirloom tomatoes pictured above, after roasting…

roasted tomatoes for summer tomato soup

You’ll notice I didn’t core the tomatoes ahead of time. No big deal. I scooped the cores out afterwards. You’ll also see some garlic cloves in there which make a great addition. If you’re using other veggies in your basic tomato soup you can roast them with the tomatoes too.

Step 2: Saute an onion in olive oil and add tomatoes and chicken broth

Simply dice a sweet onion and saute it in a stockpot for about 5 minutes or until the onion turns translucent. Then add your tomatoes (along with the juices from the baking dish), other veggies from the roasting pan, your chicken broth and a little tomato paste.  Raise the heat to a gentle simmer and cook it all together for about 10 more minutes.

Step 3. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth

You can use a regular blender too but that’s a lot more work, time and potential for burning yourself (due to splattering). If you don’t have one yet, I’d HIGHLY  recommend this basic immersion blender, especially if you make a lot of soups.

Step 4. Add basil, season with salt and pepper and top with parmesan cheese.

Add the basil and simmer it for only about a minute. Then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in individual bowls and top with as much or as little parmesan cheese as desired. See the basic tomato soup recipe below with specific ingredient amounts and instructions.

This 4-step formula is as simple as you can get! That’s not to say it’s not absolutely delicious. My housemate was stunned how good it was. But you can certainly use different ingredients and different amounts of broth and/or cream for different consistencies. Here’s a short list…

Basic Tomato Soup Variations

Veggies: Fennel, celery, red pepper, carrots, leeks, onions, garlic

Herbs: basil, parsley, chives, thyme, oregano, tarragon

Dairy toppings: Goat cheese, feta, parmesan, romano, sour cream, creme fraiche

Make it a creamy tomato soup: Simply add heavy cream or half and half after blending. Add a little at time, tasting as you go, until your preferred level of creaminess is achieved. There’s no right or wrong here. You can also stir in some sour cream or creme fraiche into individual bowls. For a dairy-free creamy version, use coconut milk.

Basic Tomato Soup Recipe

summer tomato soup

Basic Tomato Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

This basic tomato soup recipe can be altered using different types of tomatoes, veggies, herbs and toppings. Follow the basic formula and you can't go wrong if you want to make slight changes!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Craig Fear

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds tomatoes of your choice - heirloom, roma, san marzano, etc., sliced in half
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 TBSPs olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves loosely packed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Garnishes

  • Fresh basil leaves and/or other herbs of choice
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Creme fraiche

Instructions

  1. Place sliced tomatoes and garlic cloves on a baking dish and drizzle with about 2 TBSPs olive oil.
  2. Roast at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven when nice and browned (but not blackened).
  3. Heat remaining 2 TBSPs olive oil in a stock pot and add diced onion. Saute about five minutes until translucent.
  4. Add roasted tomatoes and garlic (with juices in baking dish) to stock pot along with the chicken broth and tomato paste. Stir well and simmer about 10 minutes.
  5. Add basil in the last minute and stir.
  6. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
  7. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  8. Top with optional garnishes

Recipe Notes

For a creamy tomato soup, add heavy cream after blending.  Add as much or as little as you want. Add just a little at a time, tasting as you go.

Serve with a piece or two of toasted sourdough bread with butter, optional

More Fearless Eating Tomato Soup Recipes

Cucumber Tomato Gazpacho
Grain-free Italian Meatball Soup
Thai Basil Pesto Soup
Simple Tom Yum Soup

Welcome to part I in my tomato soup series! The purpose of this series is to expand your horizons for using the bounty of fresh in season tomatoes. Let's start with a simple and basic tomato soup recipe, one that you can easily tweak by adding different veggies, herbs and toppings. 

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About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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