Saturday, December 19, 2009

An Amazing Tomato Soup Recipe

You probably don't know this about me but I do like to cook, in spite of all of the whining about having to make dinner. I'm not too bad at it either when I put some effort into it. And, just like I live the rest of my life, I don't follow the recipe's very well. In fact, I don't use them at all. Words that strike fear in my family's hearts is "I'm not sure what we're having. I'm making it up". Run for the hills!!!

As bad as this sounds, what I make usually tastes pretty good and every one eats without too many complaints. Every once in a while, I come up with something really good. I'm pretty proud of this one so I thought I would share it. I plan to do this periodically so you better keep up!


I do not follow recipes. I cook by smell and taste. I don't measure things and I don't write things down. Measurements are by memory and estimation.

Now, without further hesitation, my "recipe" for an amazing tomato soup!

This soup would be incredible with ripe summer tomoatoes. I had to make do with the "ripened on the vine" ones. At least they were red and smelled like tomato. This recipe made enough for about 10 servings with a side or sandwich. I planned on freezing half of it but we ate it all first. Consider making the full amount or even more and freezing.

4 lbs tomatoes

whole garlic

1/2 or small sweet onion



(I used Hot Salt for the cayenne and portion of the salt)

whole pepper corns




1 carton of chicken or vegetable broth (2 cans?)

Run the tomatoes whole through the food processor until almost smooth leaving some chunks for texture (skin, seeds and everything! Don't want to waste any of the nutrition)

pour into large pot. Same with onion.

Smash 2 cloves of garlic and put in. Add broth. Bring to boil. Add seasonings to taste and simmer until flavors are blended. Serve topped with your favorite cheese and a salad or sandwich. Enjoy!

Please let me know if you make this, how it turned out and what modifications you made because I wouldn't want you to do exactly what I did. No fun there!


Julie said...

Julia, you cook in the same way I do! I rarely follow a recipe. I love to cook, it is such a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

OMG that sounds so good! I cook that way too. I went to a small gathering and brought a dish and when asked for the recipe I said this and that like I cook, and a lady made it and it did not turn out well and she said I was keeping secrets so no one else could do it, lol,I told her I taste it and just make it to taste..she did not beleive me! So glad to have met you via UWIB!

Momma Goddess Treasures said...

I ccok by smell as well, it drives my husband crazy when he asks me how long it takes to cook something and I tell him when it smells done!! Oh, I'm so trying this recipe. I froze tomatoes from the garden, I think I may use them, they work great for my pasta sauce. I'll let you know. Thanks for the fun!!

Lindentreephotography said...

Thank you Momma and Robin. I made the soup again last night, this time a BIG pot full! Let my oldest daughter season it (she's 12). was so proud of her. She went through the spice cabinet opening and smelling things and putting in what she thought tomato soup should smell like. It was very different from this one but still very good.