I have had a garden every year for the last 25+ years. Every year there is a crop or two that just does not do well; my tomatoes have never been one of them. Though they seem to all come at the same time which is not ideal as who could possibly eat 30+ tomatoes before they go bad. I do give some away; I also freeze several bags. I tried making spaghetti sauce and canning it, it wasn’t my favorite and was quite time consuming. This year I finally purchased a food mill; what a great invention; should have bought one years ago.
The weather lately has been very cold and that screams a hot pot of soup. I used my new purchase and made some pretty damn yummy tomato soup. Add some chives, thyme, basil or dill, sour cream, cheddar cheese, or goat cheese whatever your taste buds fancy. Make some grilled cheese sandwiches and you have a wonderful meal.
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
3 cups lower-salt chicken broth
5-6 large tomatoes peeled and seeded – a food mill accomplishes this best
Or use a 28-oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes, pureed include the juice
1 ½ tsp. sugar
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a 5 or 6 quart Dutch oven, heat the oil and butter over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the onion a cook till soft, add garlic cook another minute. Add the flour and stir to coat the onion and garlic.
Add the broth, tomatoes, sugar, thyme, and ¼ tsp. each salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat while stirring, making sure the flour doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cover and reduce heat to low, simmer 40 minutes. If using sprig of thyme, remove. Let it cool slightly and then puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Rinse the pot and return the soup; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm. Garnish as desired.
If you ever wondered what to do with the rind of your parmesan reggiano save them up in a plastic baggy in the fridge and you can add them to your soup while it is simmering. Remove before you puree.