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    filed under: Food + Drink on January 21, 2011

    This is definitely what I consider to be the most flavorful and silky smooth Tomato Soup recipe I have ever made. Pair with Grilled Cheese Croutons to make it a knock-out!

    The BEST Tomato Soup Recipe ever. It does not disappoint!

    This is how I love to eat Tomato Soup… a full bowl of gorgeous, rich thick homemade soup with some grilled cheese croutons on top.

     

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    This is how my kids like it.  With a small side of the soup to dip their grilled cheese sandwich in.  They like medium cheddar cheese… but every now and I then I will get crazy and give them sharp cheddar.

     

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    I also like muenster cheese.  Sometimes I will add a bit of Gruyere cheese.

    Ok, that was one time.  When we got it for a gift.  That stuff is like $20 a pound!

    I posted this recipe on my blog once before,  but have since simplified it because I thrive on simplicity.

    (actually, I just stumbled upon this recipe again over at Cook’s Illustrated!  They had a wonderful suggestion of adding 2 tablespoons of brandy when you add the broth… yum!  Just dont give the kids any!!!)

    The Best Tomato Soup

    The BEST Tomato Soup Recipe ever. It does not disappoint!

        Ingredients

        • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
        • 1 medium onion (about 1 cup) - chopped
        • 2 cloves of garlic (about 2 teaspoons) - minced or crushed
        • 2 cans of whole tomatoes packed in juice (I used two quart jars of whole canned tomatoes from our garden)
        • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
        • 3 slices of large sandwich bread (crusts removed and cut into 1-inch pieces)
        • 2 c of chicken stock

        Instructions

        1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium-high heat until it is shimmering
        2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
        3. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice. Using potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than two inches remain.
        4. Stir in brown sugar and bread; bring soup to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the bread is completely saturated and starts to break down, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.
        5. Transfer half of soup to blender.
        6. Add one tablespoon oil and process until soup is smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and repeat with remaining soup and oil.
        7. Return the soup to the pot and add two cups of chicken broth. (or add enough to reach desired consistency)
        8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

         

         

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        Any leftovers I just put right back into the jar I got the tomatoes out of.

        I just love this soup because I can use all natural ingredients and the tomatoes from that we canned from our garden.  The kids love it and I feel good feeding it to them!

        Its especially delicious when the temperature reaches a balmy high of 2 degrees.  (with the *feels like* temp. around -15 degrees)

        The BEST Tomato Soup Recipe ever. It does not disappoint!

        How to Make Grilled Cheese Croutons:

        These are SO stinkin easy!!! (and make a BIG impact)

        I simply prepare grilled cheese as I normally would then cut up the sandwich into bite-size pieces. I place those pieces on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake at 350 for about five minutes, or until pieces are harder and crispier. (You can also skip baking the pieces of you want ooey-gooey bites.)

        Comfort food at its finest!

        The BEST Grilled Cheese Croutons!

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        Comments

        tomato soup is on my meal plan list for this week. i am going to try yours! looks yummy!

        I have never loved tomato soup, but yours is tempting me! May have to try it again.

        Thanks for the recipe. I’m definitely going to try it.
        This family loves tomato soup & grilled cheese. And, we can relate to those lovely high temps of 2 degrees/lows -20 here as well.
        Blessings…

        Love homemade tomato soup, and yours looks just divine.

        We always have grilled cheese and tomato soup in our house! So delicious!
        Jess : )

        YES! My favorite way to eat tomato soup! Perfect comfort food!

        Would love to learn more about your gardening and canning experiences. Soup looks delish.

        I found your blog through the idea room and I LOVE it! I am now a new follower. I do have to say those rainbow pancakes are to DIE for- and I know all the colors are probably terrible for you, but endulging in some fun every once in a while is A-OK in my book 😉 I’m going to make this for Valentine’s Day, I think. 🙂
        Oh- and the candyland cake- SO cute! I did a rainbow cake for my daughter’s first birthday (Yo Gabba Gabba) and it was SO STINKIN CUTE! I just never thought of doing pancakes!!! Thanks for the idea 🙂
        Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

        This sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Your photos are beautiful too.
        Loved reading through your blog today (followed you here from Oh Amanda). I subscribed. 🙂 Look forward to reading more!
        Melissa~

        Mmmmm. This does sound great.
        But I don’t HAVE a tomato masher.
        OR a blender.
        I have a can opener, though. So for the time being I think we’ll be eating ‘store brand’ tomato soup.
        Do you still love me?
        *wink*

        That looks so delicious. that’s it, I’m inviting myself over for lunch!

        Amanda, love this soup! Could have used it on ski days. Dipping grilled cheese in it sounds like a dream. So does the brandy 😉

        This looks wonderful! I cant wait to try it. I found you through The Idea Room.

        😀 I was think of you and your tomato soup when we were eating some the other day, before I’d even read this.

        I made this yesterday it is O-SO-GOOD!!!!! and now I have this huge container of soup in my fridge that I’m sure will be gone by the weekend, especially since I have some wheat penne pasta in the house! =o) Thanks again, as always!

        I had to share the blogs featuring your soup recipe =o) Here’s the first:
        http://melindaj365.blogspot.com/2011/02/244-aka-best-tomato-soup.html
        and here’s the sandwich I paired with it:
        http://melindaj80.blogspot.com/2011/02/turkey-and-swiss-stromboli.html
        thanks again! =o)

        Tomato Soup looking good and mouth watering.

        What size are the cans of tomatoes?

        Love this recipe. Linking back to this in my next post 🙂 Want some now!

        I make this all the time ever since I wanted tomato soup and did not have the can stuff in the refrigerator. Except I add milk instead if broth to make cream of tomato and just add some boullion. I also use an immersion blender. A must for this. Less clean up

          That is a great tip Tami… I wish I had one! Because I agree, all the transferring to the blender and back is a messy process! 🙂

        Good day dear,

        could you please send me a vedio with all details about this meal? the tomato soup is the love of my life…

        Don't Pass on Dessert!