Tomato soup is a classic recipe that works for lunch or dinner. This recipe does require getting a few pots dirty, but the end result is worth it.
Tomato soup stores well and is a favorite to make for the whole family. Serve with grilled cheese for the kids and a nice loaf of crusty bread for the adults.
Time to Prepare:
45 minutes; 15 prep & 30 to cook
- 1-quart milk
- 1 slice of Onion
- 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 large can of tomatoes
- 1/8 teaspoon soda
- 1/8 Teaspoon White Pepper (black pepper is OK too)
- Dash of Cayenne Pepper
- Cook milk & onion over medium-high heat & scald milk (heat to just before boiling), then remove onion and set aside in a small bowl.
- Heat butter & flour in a separate pan over medium-high heat making a rue (heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens)
- Combine the 2 mixtures, still blending
- In a separate pot, cook tomatoes and sugar over medium heat for 15 minutes, then add soda.
- Pour through a strainer when complete (or you can puree them in a blender)
- Combine spices and remaining ingredients, cook an additional 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
- Serve while hot.
- The baking soda may seem an odd choice when cooking soup, but it’s actually used to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.
- The small amount of sugar also helps.
- Combining both with the tomatoes while cooking is a tip used by cooks from as early as the 1800s.