One of the first things Katie learned to cook was tomato soup. This recipe is almost as easy as opening up a can of Campbell’s and is of course much better! Our favorite way to make it is adapted from a recipe in Tina Davis’s cookbook, “Look and Cook “. Katie received this wonderful book from my mother, the Christmas she turned 8. It is filled with simple, nourishing recipes that use ingredients that your grandmother would recognize. The thing that I love the most about this book is the illustrations. Tina includes pictures that were originally in cookbooks from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s. Looking through these pages will make you want to put two braids in your daughter’s hair and send her to school in short white socks and Mary Janes!
Katie: I absolutely love tomato soup! This recipe is my favorite. It is healthy and it’s “real” food. But if you have a dog, watch out! Just about all dogs love this recipe!
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP (serves 4-6)
1/2 t baking soda
Tomato purée(28 oz. can or 3 cups)
2 T butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cups milk
1 cup light cream
1 bay leaf
1 t salt
3/4 t sugar
1.Pour the tomato purée into a bowl and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will bubble a bit…this helps prevent the cream from curdling when you add it to the tomatoes.
2.Melt your butter over medium heat in a large stock pot or Dutch oven.
3.Saute the onion in the butter for a couple of minutes.
4.Pour in the milk, cream and bay leaf and stir.
5.When the mixture is warm, add the tomatoes, salt and sugar and stir.
6.Continue to stir and heat the soup just until it boils, then remove it from the heat. Discard the bay leaf.
Even better if you have some grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with this!