Creamy Tomato Soup

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The name says it all.  It’s creamy; it’s tomato; it’s heaven.  Although SkinnyTaste calls this recipe a bisque, it is more of a cream soup.  Bisques are a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.  Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market.  Since we are using vegetables, the correct term is a creamy tomato soup.  However, the soft consistency makes it a huge leap above those Campbell soups you have sitting uselessly in
your cabinet.

I loved completing this recipe because I learned some new facts.  For one, tomatoes can be pealed a lot easier than I would have guessed.  If you can’t find that fascinating enough, I got to use my mom’s immersion blender that was heaven to my cooking ears.  Immersion blenders make sure that all the clumps that regular blenders and food processors leave behind are smoothed and completely annihilated.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  1. Plum tomatoes are also known as Roma tomatoes at your local Fry’s.
  2. To peel tomatoes easily, boil them in water until the skin cracks (about 8-10 minutes).  You’ll hear a pop as each skin breaks. creamytomatosoup
  3. As soon as the skin-pops remove them from the water and set aside.  Run them under cold water quickly to cool them and an easy peel.
  4. While you are peeling your tomatoes, cook your veggies to multitask.
  5. We added dried basil and oregano spices into the mix instead of using sprigs.  However, be sure to remove the bay leaves because they won’t taste good if blended.
  6. Allow the soup to simmer and when ready blend it well until no chunks remain.

creamytomatosoup2It’s simple but fascinating.  Apparently, before all of our processed foods at the grocery store people used to make their own marinara sauce using this same method of peeing tomatoes.  I loved watching the process take place.  If there is any other reason besides how creamy and light the soup taste, you should make this dish just for the fun of watching the tomatoes.

And while I am less than a tomato fan, I found this soup to be irresistible.  Pair it with a wheat roll or grilled cheese and you have a wonderful meal during your sick days.  It freezes very well for storing purposes.  Get rid of those over processed cans sitting with dust on your shelves and enjoy a healthier, flavorful soup that you created all on
your own.

Leave a comment below with the fun you had making this dish.  Follow my Pinterest.  Check back again next Wednesday for more meals and tips from The Cooking Bug.

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