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Homemade Fresh Tomato Soup

How to make homemade tomato soup from fresh ripe tomatoes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soup, Tomato
Servings: 12 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 3 cups diced onions
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar

Instructions

  • Rough chop all the vegetables. It doesn’t matter what they look like because the soup will be blended later, but make sure the carrots, onions and celery are all about the same size so they cook at the same rate.
  • In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add in the carrots, celery and onions and cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook another 5 minutes, but don’t let the vegetables brown. Add in the tomatoes and water or chicken stock. Allow to simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and the carrots are soft.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Puree the soup, either with a stick blender or in batches in a conventional blender.
  • Once the soup is all pureed, push it through a sieve. I use a chinois like this, Stainless Steel China Cap Chinois Fine Strainer: 12-inch but you can use any kind of strainer. The point is that you want to get out the tomato skins and seeds, but push through the rest of the vegetables. If you use too fine a mesh strainer, you will just end up with tomato juice. I lost about 2 cups of “solids”, mostly skin and seeds, during the straining process.
  • If you can skin and seed your tomatoes before making the soup you don’t have to strain it. But this is time consuming and I found it just easier to strain.
  • Put all the strained soup back in the pot and add the salt and sugar to taste. Even though my tomatoes were very ripe and sweet, I almost always add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to tomato soup or sauce because it helps balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and bring out the natural sweetness.

Notes

To serve, reheat the soup. I like to garnish it with a dollop of homemade pesto.
Other garnish options include a bit of milk or cream to make a "bisque", chopped tomatoes to make a chunky tomato soup, fresh grilled garden vegetables (corn, zucchini, yellow squash, etc), or even tiny meatballs.
The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination!
Freezes well for a few months.
If you're looking for an immersion (stick) blender I'd recommend something simple like this one from Kitchenaid