Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Winter Soup: Brandi's Tomato Soup

My sorority house often served the comfort food combo of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on a cold day.  I loved it. Still do.

So, as uncreative as I am in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to figure out how to make my own heart-warming goodness. Most people say they create tasty recipes "through trial and error."  Not this girl.  I completely goofed and accidentally added some things and forgot other things because I tried to remember how to make a soup after reading a couple of different recipes.

No one could be more surprised than I was to discover how yummy my mistakes tasted!

All of these ingredients are readily available at my house.

Brandi's Tomato Soup

onion (red or yellow work)
stick of butter
3 cans diced or whole tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 TBS. tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of sour cream (pure cream tastes good, too)

  • Dice onions and cook them in butter until clear. If you cook them until they begin to brown, well, that works, too.
  • Add tomatoes and chicken broth and tarragon.
  • Boil. Stir occasionally. Simmer about 40 minutes.
  • Add sour cream and mix with your fancy emulsion mixer until smooth.

Special trick
Whole tomatoes work better than the diced if you use the emulsion mixer.  If you've ever slightly lifted the mixer to try to mix up those little diced pieces, then you know what happened. Yep. It looked like someone had stepped on a ketchup packet and splattered it everywhere.

Complete Magical Meal Suggestion
What pairs better with tomato soup than grilled cheese?  The other night I used heart-shaped cookie cutters on the grilled cheese. Everyone was happy.  For a little luncheon with friends, toss a bag of Caesar salad and cook up some frozen mini quiche. Add the grilled cheese sandwiches and cupcakes for a tea party with a cozy, comfort food feel.

Check back next Tuesday when Valerie Lawson will help us get into the St. Patrick's Day mood with some potato soup!


  1. Mmmmm, sounds good! You're right about that magical combo - nothing like a grilled cheese with tomato soup to make you feel warmed and loved! And I'm ALWAYS up for a nicely turned cupcake!

    1. You should have been at my house this week. I made cupcakes and icing. They were so good.

  2. Made this soup for supper tonight. It was WONDERFUL! (And easy!) Thanks for sharing, Brandi.

    1. Thanks, Dee Dee! I'm so pleased you like it. Thanks for trying the recipes. :)