Clearly I have been into soups a lot lately…. but who doesn’t like a warm bowl of soup during the dreary winter months?
Plus I live in Minnesota. Not exactly the warmest place to be in January. Or any month for that matter.
This Tomato Soup recipe is special to me which tends to be a common thing! I just love to share the recipes I love most with my readers.
This recipe is from a very good friend of mine, Denise, from Germany. We met while studying abroad in Paris together.
I know the picture is blurry, but its a goodie. Here we are in front of the Arc De Triomphe in Paris…Note our matching Long Champ bags, yeah we’re dorks.
Anyways, Denise made this soup for me in Paris and it forever changed my perception of tomato soup.
I always use to think that all tomato soup tasted like the kind I would get in Elementary school which would ALWAYS be paired with grilled cheese…I cringe thinking about how gross that was. I’m sure it was canned tomato soup…and I hate canned soup…YUCK! Canned soup just tastes soooo different from homemade soup.
Since Denise knew I loved this soup so much, being the thoughtful friend she is, and knowing how much I’m obsessed with food, she sent me a cookbook and hand wrote some recipes in it including this fabulous tomato soup! Sweet right?!
This is a different style of Creamy Tomato Soup than most Americans have had because it uses Crème Fraîche….not Cream or Sour Cream. Crème Fraîche is European version of Sour Cream. As you can see in the picture below, it is darker in color than American Sour Cream and tastes less sour with a higher fat content.
It can be hard to find in American grocery stores, but they do have it at Trader Joes and other stores. Here is also a link to make your own if you can’t find it ( http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/02/how-to-make-creme-fraiche-in-1-easy-step.html.)
So here is the recipe!
I altered it slightly and had to change the measurements to be American friendly. Be prepared to love it! And remember even if you don’t usually like tomato soup but like tomatoes, tomato sauce, bloody marys….you get the idea….this one is exceptionally awesome. My sister Kristin, who usually hates all things tomato was surprised that she even loved it.
Crème Fraîche Tomato Soup
(Denise H of Germany)
- 1 Minced Garlic clove
- 1 Medium diced Onion
- 2 Tbsp. Butter
- 700g or 1 2/3 lb. Tomatoes
- 70g or 1/4 C. Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Sugar
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- 500 ml Vegetable Broth
- 100g or 1 C. Creme Fraiche (plus more to garnish)
- 4-6 basil leaves
- 4 stems of Parsley
2. While the butter is melting dice the onion and mince the garlic. I added an extra clove of garlic because I LOVE garlic.
(Side note- a tip that I got from watching Rachael Ray is to have what she calls a “garbage bowl” when you cut things up. This helps reduce trips to the trash can and to keep the kitchen nice and tidy when you cook.I use extra plastic bags.)
3. Cook onions and garlic over low heat until translucent, about 10 minutes.
4. While the onions are cooking, prepare the tomatoes. I used cherry tomatoes because that is what I remember Denise using. Plus I think they are easier to prepare. Rinse and slice all tomatoes in half.
(Side note- the container of cherry tomatoes should have the amount in g listed. I used about a little less than 2 containers to reach 700g.)
5. After onion and garlic are translucent, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, sugar and paprika. I also added some freshly group black pepper because I love pepper. Mix until combined.
6. Add vegetable broth and stir. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or so, until tomatoes are cooked through.
7. Once the tomatoes are done, add crème fraîche, basil and parsley. Mix until combined. Taste at this time to see if you need more salt. Add more if desired. t
8. Soup is almost done, time to puree. Use an immersion blender, or hand blender if you have it. I however do not, but a blender works fine. Puree until there are no longer lumps. Serve warm with Crème Fraîche. Serves 4.
You could totally even garnish with fresh bread or croutons! Maybe even a little cheese…hmmmmm.