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How to Make Cream of Tomato Soup using Fresh Tomatoes

Updated on December 3, 2012
home made cream of tomato soup
home made cream of tomato soup

I love tomato soup. I especially love cream of tomato soup, the way Heinz makes it. Unfortunately, they won't share their recipe!

Buying canned cream of tomato soup isn't really an option where I live, as the people here are so used to making their own soups from fresh tomatoes, the canned variety just wouldn't sell the same.

So the shops don't stock it, and when you have that notion for some nice creamy tomato soup, you really have no option but to make your own.

Fortunately,tomatoes grow really well here in Spain.

Spain is one of the major tomato producers in the world. I have driven passed some of the massive poly-tunnels in which tomatoes are grown commercially, and wondered why they need to be inside a polytunnel when the climate is perfect for growing tomatoes outdoors.

The answer to that is stunningly simple.

Spain harbours a wide variety of pests which would (and do) decimate crops which are allowed to grow in the open.

This year, I had a self-seeded tomato plant that grew in a big black bin that I was using as a compost heap.

It almost died several times through lack of water, until finally I started paying it attention and looked after it, giving it water when it needed.

It has rewarded me with a lovely crop of tomatoes that did not ripen until October, which is weird. Even for here, that is late in the year for a tomato plant to produce a crop.

Because my tomato plant is out in the wild, so to speak, many insects attack it and it's fruit, many of which have already been consigned to the compost heap. (I had to start a new one; it was growing IN the old one).

I have been getting into the habit of picking the tomatoes before they are fully ripe to prevent insects from penetrating the fruit.

I thought I'd explain all that, before I showed you what I did with those tomatoes,

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fry the onion in a little oilprick the tomatoes all overpeel tomatoes - save peelings for compostadd chopped tomatoes to panadd stock to tomatoes and onionsblend soup to a smooth paste
fry the onion in a little oil
fry the onion in a little oil
prick the tomatoes all over
prick the tomatoes all over
peel tomatoes - save peelings for compost
peel tomatoes - save peelings for compost
add chopped tomatoes to pan
add chopped tomatoes to pan
add stock to tomatoes and onions
add stock to tomatoes and onions
blend soup to a smooth paste
blend soup to a smooth paste

Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • a small bowl of tomatoes, or 5 or 6 shop bought medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stock cube made up with water as per instructions
  • a little seasoning a little oil for frying

Method

  1. Heat oil in a heavy based saucepan, and add chopped onions to fry gently.
  2. Meanwhile, add boiling water to the bowl of tomatoes, that you have firstly pricked with a shark knife.
  3. Remove the tomatoes from water after a couple of minutes, and peel.
  4. Decore, roughly chop, and add to onions in the pan.
  5. Continue frying gently for another 15 - 20 minutes.
  6. Add stock and water to make up the stock cube as per manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Simmer gently for half an hour.
  8. Turn off heat, and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Using an electric hand-held blender, blend the soup to make a smooth paste.
  10. Check seasoning. Add more as required.
  11. Add a tablespoon of fresh cream or yoghurt and swirl in before serving.

Variations

It will still be a tomato soup as above, but you can also add in a selection of vegetables during the simmering stage. This is a great way to use up vegetables that have been lurking in the bottom of the fridge for a while and are on their last legs.

Carrots, peppers, celery, the whites of leeks and any other non-green vegetable can be added.

Adding green vegetables will change the color of the soup and it really needs to be an orangey-red for tomato soup.

If you are not bothered about color, add in whatever you like. The flavor is really what counts.

5 stars from 2 ratings of cream of tomato soup

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    • mrsRRobles profile image

      mrsRRobles 5 years ago

      this looks so yummy! I can't wait to try this recipe thanks for sharing!

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      You're welcome! Brilliant avatar by the way :)

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      Shari 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I now know what is for dinner tonight- this tomato soup recipe has my mouth watering! Yummy delicious ;)

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      mrsRRobles 5 years ago

      thanks! ;-)

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      @wavegirl, thanks, it is really simple to make too!

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      Suze 1 5 years ago

      Also Izz to use up tomato (any condition) put fresh herbs Thyme rosemary basil parsley Anything you have really in bottom of a roasting pan,add chopped up onion garlic? salt pepper.put toms on top,sprinkle with a little suger,drizzle with olive oil,roast till cooked & soft,rub threw a sieve.You now have a brilliant passata to add to pasta,soups casseroles.somehow the roasting just adds such a superb flavout.I freeze in small portions.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Yum, I can taste it already--simple-to-goodness ingredients without all the crap they put in the canned tomato soup. I'm going to try this. Thanks.

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Suze I think passata would be similar to frito? Yes it freezes well for future use. Thanks for adding that, its useful for readers.

      @angi, thanks, yes just simple ingredients and tastes wonderful!

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      LouLa Ball 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for the receip. I love cream of tomato soup. It is probably my favorite. I've never found a receip that I actually liked. I will try this one. Keep bringing us some great receips please.

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      You will like this one trust me! The trouble with soups is adding too many herbs and spices, stick to the basics and you will taste the difference!

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      Sounds delicious, I've always loved cream of tomato soup. Now if I could only get my kids to eat it. :)

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Your kids don't like cream of tomato soup? Even canned? The Heinz variety is everybody's favorite, especially the kids, but home-made is healthier.

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      My kids are just way too picky. I'll just have to make it for myself sometime. :)

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yes, mam, do something just for yourself, for a change, and you can make a batch and freeze it for again. Just leave off adding the cream to the part that you are freezing.

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