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weeknight tomato soup – smitten kitchen


Whereas this isn’t the Smitten Kitchen’s solely tomato soup — there’s one with roasted summer time tomatoes capped with an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich within the archives, and additional again, a traditional cream of tomato soup tailored from Prepare dinner’s Illustrated — neither are this: a seasonless tomato soup I could make on any wet day, together with the nonnegotaible grilled cheese sandwiches, in underneath an hour. Each of the archived recipes have their charms; the primary is nice when tomatoes are at their peak. The second is superb however fussy, extra very best for while you’ve bought the time or persistence to point out off. However this has eclipsed each within the rotation for the final couple winters, and some issues make it good for us:


Sure, grocery retailer tomatoes: If you happen to, like me, purchase cherry or grape tomatoes much more usually than you utilize them up, this soup is for you. No, I don’t imply superb, peak-season cherry tomatoes from a backyard or farm stand on a sizzling summer time day; save these for snacking or a salad. I really imply even the extremely mediocre ones you may discover on sale at a sequence retailer within the useless of winter. This soup makes the argument that even bland, low season cherry and grape tomatoes will present extra taste and nuance than canned tomatoes and the proof will probably be within the bowl. And sweetness! Cream of tomato soup recipes add slightly sugar, however I discover that storebought grape tomatoes present sufficient with out it.

A easy base: All the pieces else is about merely layering in taste — onions cooked in butter till candy and calmly browned on the edges, garlic, pepper flakes to style, a splash of sherry if that’s your factor, tomato paste, and any sort of broth you need to use, vegetable or hen. It simmers for quarter-hour (that is while you make the grilled cheese sandwiches) and blends clean.

Cream-optional: This was supposed to be a cream of tomato soup, and you’ll, should you’d like, add cream on the finish to style. However the texture is so velvety and clean from the tomato and candy onions, you may discover you don’t want or need it in any respect.

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Riffable: This isn’t simply my new weeknight tomato soup, it’s a basis I’ve used for lots of tweaked leftovers. Typically, I’ll add cooked lentils (Dealer Joe’s stay my fridge staple), however even some tortellini, and a handful of spinach wilted in, plus slightly parmesan on prime work properly too. And it really works as properly with the French onion soup-style grilled cheese on prime because the roasted tomato soup does.

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Podcast! My new podcast with J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, The Recipe with Kenji and Deb, launched this previous week and our first episode is all about Stovetop Mac-and-Cheese! You may hearken to it anyplace you get your podcasts and I’ve arrange a brand new podcast tab/web page the place you’ll be able to sustain on it right here, too. We may have new episodes each two Mondays and this tomato soup will characteristic prominently in Episode 4! We’ve been engaged on this behind the scenes for the final yr — I hope you get pleasure from listening alongside.

 

Beforehand

6 months in the past: Raspberry Streusel Muffins
1 yr in the past: Straightforward Freezer Waffles
2 years in the past: Citadel Breakfast
3 yr in the past: Rigatoni alla Vodka
4 yr in the past: Excellent Vegetable Lasagna
5 yr in the past: Bodega-Type Egg and Cheese Sandwich and Chocolate Puddle Truffles
6 years in the past: Gradual-Roasted Candy Potatoes and Korean-Braised Brief Ribs
7 years in the past: Small-Batch Tiramisu
8 years in the past: Miso Black Sesame Caramel Corn and Scorching and Bitter Soup
9 years in the past: Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic and Pecan Sticky Buns
10 years in the past: Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Hearts and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
11 years in the past: Italian Stuffed Cabbage
12 years in the past: Lasagna Bolognese
13 years in the past: Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake
14 years in the past: Greatest Cocoa Brownies and Chana Masala
15 years in the past: Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes and Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw
16 years in the past: Seven-Yolk Pasta Dough and Greatest Chocolate Pudding
17 years in the past: For Beaming, Bewitching Breads

 

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