creamy tomato soup

To me, tomato soup is magic. It was the soothing bowl you were handed when sick, and the steaming dish you warmed your hands over after playing outside during the winter. Tomato soup has always felt like home. I’m (wo)man enough to admit that there are times when I really miss home, and the smell of tomato soup cooking on the stove always makes it a little bit easier.

This particular recipe comes from the foodie bible Bon Appetit and is just about perfect–who knew that whole canned tomatoes coupled with a bit of cream and some seasonings could be so yummy.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, in juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup (or more) heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

Melt butter in a large pot over high heat. Add the thyme and the onions and cook until they’re translucent (about 10-12 minutes). Add the tomato paste and stir often (until it begins to caramelize). Add the two cans of tomatoes (juices and all), 1 teaspoon sugar and 8 cups of water to the pan and cook on medium until the liquid has reduced down significantly (about 30-40 minutes). Turn off the heat and let the soup cool slightly.

Discard thyme and pour soup into a blender, liquifying in small batches and pouring back into the pot. Stir in 1/4 cup cream, 1 teaspoon sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low for another 10-15 minutes.

And everyone happens to know what goes great with tomato soup–grilled cheese! My favorite way to make it? Butter two pieces of  peasant bread and grate sharp cheddar cheese to go on top. Grill on a skillet until melted and browned.



    • alongobucco says

      I only make them this way when I have the time, but the cheese tends to melt so much better. The fancy-pants version of grilled cheese!

  1. says

    Okay, now I’m really hungry! This is probably my favorite pairing ever – aside from peanut butter and jelly of course. I will be making this meal this week, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. says

    I have been looking for a recipe to make tomato soup!! You sold me! That looks delicious, I am such a sucker for grilled cheese & tomato soup!
    Lipstick, Louboutin’s & Lemon Drops

  3. says

    Alyssa this looks so delicious my mouth is watering! I love soup and sandwiches in the fall and winter, something about holding onto a steaming bowl just makes me feel warm and cozy! I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try – tomato soup is my husband’s favorite :)

    xo jen

    • alongobucco says

      So true–it does double duty as a hand-warmer, too! I hope you try it out, I’d love to know what you think!

  4. says

    This is EXACTLY what I was craving today! And that grilled cheese looks amazing. I’m going to have to whip this up if the rainy weather continues!



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