Quick & Creamy Tomato Soup

2014-09-27
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 45m

http://www.thehungry…my-tomato-soup/ is pretty good. – Malan

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 28-oz. can ground, peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or put through a press
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbls. butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbls. fresh parsley, minced + more for garnish
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Method

Step 1

Add the olive oil to a medium-sized sauce pot. Pick your pot up and tilt it around to coat the bottom.Add the bay leaves to the olive oil. Saute the leaves for about a minute over medium heat. You just want to warm them up, not brown them. (If you substitute dry bay leaves for fresh, watch them extra close.)

Step 2

Add the tomatoes to the pot. Toss in the minced garlic. Stir to combine.

Step 3

Pour in the chicken stock. Stir well again to combine. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring it to a simmer. When it’s simmering, lower the heat to medium, and cover the pot. Crack the lid so that a little steam can escape.

Step 4

Simmer like this for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it feels like it’s sticking to the bottom of the pot, lower the heat a little. After 20 minutes, uncover your pot and turn the heat off (to avoid splatters). Give it a good stir so it’s uniform. It’ll be pretty thick.

Step 5

Add a little freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Toss in the butter. Stir to combine and melt the butter completely. When it’s melted, pour in the cream. Stir to combine really well until the soup is uniform in consistency.

Step 6

Your soup will be thick and creamy, with small bits of tomato in it. If you want a smoother soup, yank out the bay leaves and puree it quickly with a traditional or hand-held stick blender. I skipped this step tonight.

Step 7

Cover the pot again. Crack the lid. Turn the stove on again with the heat on low. Cook like this, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes. If it feels like it’s sticking to the bottom, lower the heat a little. After 10 minutes, turn the heat off and uncover. Stir well. Then add the parsley.

Step 8

At this point, taste your soup. Depending on the brand of ground tomatoes you used, your soup might be a little acidic. If that’s the case, add a little more cream or butter to balance out the tartness.

Step 9

Ladle out into bowls and garnish with a little minced parsley and grated Parmesan.

 

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