Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Herbed Tomato Soup (Guest post Joeby)

My wonderful mother in law (I actually have TWO wonderful mother in laws) sent me this fab little recipe and tutorial to share!
Joeby has beautiful gardens that she tends and mad cooking skills!

Herbed Tomato Soup
½ cup unsalted butter
2 T. olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
4 springs of fresh thyme (1 tsp dried) – fresh is better
4 large basil leaves (1 tsp dried) – fresh is better
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
35 oz. can tomatoes (with liquid)
3 T. tomato paste
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock, divided (I always use Knorr bouillon cubes – using one more than directions for 4 cups to make it a little richer)
1 cup half and half
Shredded Gruyere for topping, if desired

Melt ½ cup butter in a large stock pot, add olive oil.  A
dd onions, thyme, basil, salt and pepper.   
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasional until onion is wilted.
Add tomatoes and tomato paste, and stir to blend.  Simmer 10 minutes.   
Place flour in a small mixing bowl and add 5 tablespoons chicken stock, stirring to blend (no lumps). Combine with tomato mixture – stirring well.  Add remaining stock to pot and simmer 30 minutes. 
 Be sure to cook the entire 30 minutes, or the soup has a “flour” taste.   
That will completely go away, if you cook the entire time.   
Stir frequently to prevent scorching (which can happen due to the flour mixture).
Puree soup in a blender, small batches at a time.   
Be very careful to not burn yourself with the blender and hot liquid.   
Or use an immersion blender.

Return soup to pot and heat, and add half and half.
Simmer, about 5 minutes to heat soup through.

Serve with the delicious Pumpkin-Walnut Focaccia!


  1. Hi Christine, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. I love any kind of tomato soup and I will have to pin this to try! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey at Embracing Change