Summer Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup.jpegFresh Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, chopped finely
  • 2 celery stalk, chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped finely or crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh marjoram or ¼ tsp dried marjoram
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-5 tbsp. heavy cream, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Cut the tomatoes in half and scrape the seeds into strainer set over a bowl to catch the juice. Reserve the juice and discard the seeds. Chop the tomato flesh into large chunks. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stir occasionally. Add the tomatoes and their juice, with the garlic and marjoram. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the water, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are very soft. Stirring occasionally. Let the soup cool slightly, then transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, working in batches, if necessary.  (If using a food processor, strain off the cooking liquid or moisten them, then combine with the remaining liquid.) Return the soup to the pan and place over medium- low heat. Add the cream and stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper and heat through; do not let boil. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and swirl a little extra cream to each serving. Serve at once. Serves 4.

We used Sister Schuberts Dinner Rolls. Follow package preparation directions.

Our Topping:

  • 1 tsp. dill seeds
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. coarse salt

In a small bowl, stir together the dill, poppy, sesame seeds and salt. Brush topping on rolls with a little soft butter. Bake and serve with Fresh Tomato soup.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

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