Classic Tomato Soup

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a colander set over a large bowl or a liquid measuring cup, drain the canned tomatoes, pressing lightly to release all of their juices. Transfer the tomato juice to a large measuring cup (if you didn't strain the liquid into one in the first place) and add the chicken broth. The mixture should measure about 3 1/2 cups. Set the liquid and the tomatoes aside.
  • Melt the butter in a 4- 5-quart pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it is softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add 2/3 of the drained tomatoes, the bay leaf and the brown sugar. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are sizzling and fragrant. The mixture will be very thick.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to darken, 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in the reserved tomato juice/broth mixture, the remaining tomatoes, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Discard the bay leaf. Puree the soup in batches (in a blender) or use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
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