Tomato soup is often served with grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch or a quick dinner. It is kind of fun to make your own. If you use fresh tomatoes it is even better. In hot weather tomato soup can be served cold.
This recipe was inspired by one found in an old cookbook. Recipes for tomato soup began appearing in cookbooks during the 1800s. Condensed tomato soup was one of the first canned soups and remains a top seller. Condensed tomato soup serves as an ingredient in many casserole recipes and as a foundation for tomato based quick sauces.
The recipe will serve at least 4.
- 4 cans of tomatoes, or about 6 fresh
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- ¼ cup of finely chopped celery
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
Empty the cans of tomatoes into a large pot. Add the water and cook about 30 minutes over medium heat. Mash the tomatoes well. Lower the heat, cover and simmer while you make the cream sauce.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the salt, sugar, pepper, parsley and celery. Cook about 15 minutes. Stir the flour into the melted butter and other ingredients using a whisk. Pour the milk in slowly. Bring to a boil and continue to stir for a few minutes..
Before serving add the baking soda to the tomatoes. Pour the cream sauce gradually into the tomatoes. Stir it in well and cook a few minutes.
Serve in soup bowls with toast, grilled cheese sandwiches or crackers. Cheddar cheese, snipped chives, croutons, sour cream or other toppings can be placed on the table so folks can help themselves.
No I do not know why baking soda is added to tomato soup. I do know that all the old recipes call for it.
Other things can be added such as Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, onion, garlic, basil, Italian or Mexican seasoning. Leftover vegetables can be added.
The tomatoes do not need to be mashed. They can be left in pieces.
If you have a cup or so of leftover Mac and cheese you can stir it into the soup. You can add about 1 cup of any cooked pasta or a cup of cooked rice to the tomatoes.
Fresh tomatoes should be peeled. Drop into boiling water a few minutes and then drop into ice water. The skin will peel off easily. Remove the stem and make four small cuts in the blossom end in the form of a cross before dropping into the boiling water.