I won’t be picking tomatoes out of my garden for a while yet, but I picked some up at the farmer’s market last week because I just couldn’t pass them by!
Fresh Tomato Soup
- • ¼ cup friendly fat to cook in (butter, coconut oil, lard)
- • 2 medium onions, sliced
- • 2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
- • 3-4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- • 1 quart chicken bone broth
- • 2 TB organic tomato paste
- • 2 TB basil (Could use fresh if you have it! Probably about ¼ cup or so)
- • 5 large tomatoes (or 6-7 small/medium), seeded and juices scooped out (OR if it is winter, you could use two 32oz cans of tomatoes, drained)
- • Sea salt/pepper to taste
- • 2 tsp raw honey
- Sauté the onions and carrots in the friendly fat for about 10-15 minutes. Add a pinch of salt while they cook to bring the juices out and let them sweeten up and cook.
- Add the garlic and tomato paste, and cook a minute.
- Add the tomatoes, basil, and stock, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer about 25 minutes.
- Take the soup off the heat, and add the raw honey to balance out the acid of the tomatoes.
- Puree with an immersion blender or regular blender.
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- Don’t worry about chopping up the veggies perfectly – that is the beauty of pureed soups! It all gets blended up anyway!
- This is a fantastic recipe to double or triple batch toward the end of the summer as your tomatoes are coming off the vine left and right! Or as they are deeply discounted at the farmer’s markets to unload the end of summer haul! I love my large stock pot for doing triple batches of soup like this – if I’m getting get some cooking done I want to do up as much as I can in one shot!
- Pack up the soup in a good thermos for school or work! I freeze mine in quart or 1/2 gallon containers since we go through it that fast. You could also store the soup in single serving containers so they are quick to pull out of the freezer to take along to work. I actually just found THIS set of BPA free freezer storeage and have it set aside to purchase then next time I do an order – perfect assortment of sizes!
- If you are in the midst of winter and can’t find good fresh tomatoes, try using 2- 32oz cans or 4- 18oz cans of whole organic tomatoes , drained and seeded. Tomatoes are part of the dirty dozen so I would really stick to organic. I like using THESE jarred tomatoes as they are one of the only in labeled BPA free containers.
- If you don’t have an immersion blender…OH! You must treat yourself to one! I use mine weekly and just love it!
Come on back and let me know if you try the soup!