Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
Rich tomato soup! I sometimes add a few tablespoons of sherry to this rich creamy soup. Lovely served with pate sandwiches Asparagus Pate Sandwich for a special luncheon. Or, serve in shot glasses as a tasty first course! From Saks Fifth Avenue Cafe.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion
- 1⁄2 celery rib
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon dried basil)
- 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato puree
- 1 (16 ounce) can beef stock
- 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Heat butter in a large stock pot. Dice onion and celery and add to pot. Saute until the onion is transparent.
- Sprinkle flour over onions one tablespoon at a time, stirring in each one thoroughly with a large spoon until paste forms.
- Add garlic, diced tomatoes and basil; stir.
- Stir in tomato puree and beef stock slowly, then whipping cream. The soup should be a rose color.
- Add bay leaf and simmer on low for about 1 hour. Remove bay leaf before serving.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- 8 to 10 servings.
- Lovely served with pate sandwiches recipe #117904 for a special luncheon. Or, serve in shot glasses as a tasty first course!
This is simmering on my stovetop right now & it smells amazing. I will put it in the blender when its finished and return it to the stove to reheat. With some garlic bread with parm.....I can't wait.
This recipe has sat unmade for too long! I halved the recipe and made it for my family tonight for dinner. I used canned tomatoes and tomato sauce because I rarely have puree in the house. I also used half & half. I wanted to keep the calorie count down so I added some additional 2% milk, to make it a bit creamier. It never quite got "rose" in color but tasted great none the less. One more thing, I used my hand held blender to make it smoother cuz the kids don't like "pieces or chunks" in their tomato soup. Great with our everyday grilled cheese sammies. Thanks BecR!