Remember when you were a kid, walking home from school in the rain and you came in the front door and your mom had tomato soup and grilled cheese waiting for you? I do. But the tomato soup was from a can, comforting yes… delicious? Well…maybe when you were a kid it was. But we are grown ups now and need soup that is a little…how shall I say…more refined. So get ready to kick it up a notch…or ten… with this Creamy Tomato Carrot Soup.
This beautiful soup is featured in my cookbook “Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen: Autumn/ Winter menus”. If you still need a book you can buy the eBook here:)
If dicing by hand is just too much you can put 2-3 tomatoes at a time into the food processor and give a whirl, saving your self some time! Instead of using a lot of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes I opted to use only 1 tablespoon because I let sweet carrots to do the job instead!
To add a cheesy flavor I use an old soup trick, I cut the rind off a wedge of parmesan and put it in the soup as it simmers. The rind melts, adding flavor but stays in one piece. It is removed and discarded before blending the soup. (To see a tear free way to chop an onion, watch a 90 second video here)
You can carefully blend soup in portions in the blender or use an immersion blender to blend right in the pot. Once blended strain out the skin and seeds. Don’t skip this step! Just place the screen colander over and bowl and use the back of a ladle to push the soup through the screen, discarding the solids.
Maldon’s Flaked Sea Salt and Herbs de Provence spice this soup up. Herbs de Provence are a combination of savory, thyme, lavender, rosemary and fennel and is perfect for use in soups, on vegetables, chicken and beef.
The Recipe: Creamy Carrot Tomato Soup
You will need a stock pot, a screen colander an immersion blender or blender. I love my blendtec. If a new Blendtec Blender just isn’t in the budget you may wish to consider a factory recertified Blendtec for about half the price of new! I have one and love it! See the Factory Re-certified Blendtec Total Blender Classic Series.
- (Dairy free option: skip the Parmesan and use coconut milk instead of cream or half and half)
- 8 large carrots, peeled and sliced (1/4 inch thick)
- 5 lbs of the biggest juiciest tomatoes you can find, diced (or place in food processor)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 1 T brown sugar
- ⅓ cup cream or half and half (or coconut milk if you are dairy free)
- Rind of Parmesan cheese (skip if you are dairy free)
- 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
- ¼ - ½ tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how much of a kick you want)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 4 T butter
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, (for topping)
- Packaged crispy onions
- Olive oil
- Place sliced carrots, 2T butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in large stock pot and sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Add chopped onions and another tablespoon olive oil and sauté for five more minutes. Vegetables should now be soft.
- Add minced garlic, sugar, Herbs de Provence and tomatoes.
- Cut the rind off a Parmesan wedge, place rind in center of soup mixture. The rind will not dissolve and will be removed later.
- Cover and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.
- Remove rind with a large spoon and discard.
- Place tomato carrot mixture in blender or use a hand blender to blend till smooth. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to divide to blend.
- Place a screen colander over large bowl.
- Using a soup ladle scoop three ladlefuls of soup into screen colander, then use the back of the ladle to push soup through the screen, straining out all the skin and seeds. Do not skip this step!
- Discard the solids and repeat till all soup is strained. Return strained soup to pot, add cream, cayenne pepper and remaining butter, reheat.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve: pour into bowls and top with Parmesan and crispy onions (the onions are not gluten free)
This soup freezes beautifully. Thaw a day ahead, reheat and serve.
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