Some days just call for a nice bowl of soup. In fact, some days just DEMAND it!
After visiting Leigh-Ann's Grandma (in Canada) for lunch one day, I decided that I do, in-fact, LIKE tomato soup.. I'd never had it before that chilly afternoon. Yeah, I know.. I'm 26 years old and had never had tomato soup. LAME!
Anyway, I wanted to make some soup from scratch since good old Campbell's has a load of crap in it. High fructose corn syrup? Corn and canola oil? "Flavoring?" What the hell IS "flavoring" anyway? My guess? MSG or Monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer additive that's just no good. It gives me migraines , blurs my vision and make me puke. NO bueno.
Back to the soup. So, after browsing a few recipes, I kind of went into the kitchen and made one up myself. Hope you like it! Maybe some of you veteran tomato soup lovers can give me some feed-back!
Violet's Tomato Soup
- 1 Tbsp. Organic olive oil
- 1 large shallot (can sub onion), finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp. flour (used gluten-free brown rice flour)
- 2 Tbsp. sour cream (sub with vegan sour cream or omit, if you'd like)
- 1 cup milk (optional, see instructions)
- 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes (optional, use any kind)
- a bit of sweetener (honey, stevia, agave, or natural sugar)
- salt and pepper to taste
Gather your ingredients. Aren't they pretty?
Chop shallots. These are the sexiest shallots I've ever seen. Damn.
Add to a large sauce pan with olive oil. Saute until soft. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant, but do not let burn (burnt garlic = sour, gross garlic). Add tomato sauce and broth and stir until well mixed. [Now, here comes the tricky milk/no milk part. If you ARE using milk, then only add 1 1/2 cups of broth at this time. If you're NOT using milk, add the full 2 1/2 cups broth now.] Sprinkle flour into soup and mix with a whisk or a fork, being careful not to let the flour clump and get lumpy. Dump chopped tomatoes, if using, into mixture and stir.
Bring to a simmer. The mixture should thicken up a bit.
Turn burner off and add sour cream and milk, if using. Whisk until smooth and season with salt, pepper and a bit of sweetener if you want it bit sweeter.
MUST be served with a sandwich. Must! Must! It's just a rule!
Grilled cheese works best.