Thursday, February 21, 2013

Simple Tomato Soup (The Best Ever)

I’m completely obsessed with this tomato soup.  It’s intensely tomato-y and rich without being creamy.  It’s addicting, and it’s so simple to make.  I found out about it when I tried it at The Kitchen [Next Door], in Boulder, and then was overjoyed to see that they share their exact recipe for it online.  OVERJOYED!

tomato soup

So, this is very simple.  That’s a good thing.  Lots (and I mean lots) of butter give this soup its silky richness, onion is softened in that butter for a luxuriously long time, and then really high quality whole canned tomatoes are added.  San Marzanos are recommended, but we subbed in Muir Glens with great results. After all the simmering is taken care of, you puree this soup in the blender with a little splash of heavy cream.

tomato soup 1

The Kitchen serves this soup drizzled with flavorful olive oil, and a side of toasted chewy rustic bread.  It’s to die for.  If you like tomato soup, you’ve got to try this one.  My parting words – don’t be afraid of all that butter!

Simple Tomato Soup (The Best Ever)

Recipe from The Kitchen [Next Door]

  • 1 1/3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 16 oz cans of high quality whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • drizzle of high quality olive oil for serving

In a large pan, melt the butter over low heat.  Finely slice the yellow onion and add to the melting butter with a pinch of salt.  Reduce heat to very low, cover the pan, and cook onions in butter for about 30 minutes or until translucent and soft but NOT browned.

Add tomatoes with all the juices from the cans.  Increase heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Transfer soup to a blender and puree in batches, adding cream while blending.  Taste and add more salt if desired.

Serve drizzled with olive oil and a side of crusty bread.

tomato soup 2


  1. I'll be making this over the weekend! Thanks again for meeting with me!


    1. It was our pleasure. Good luck with your assignment! :)

  2. This is very similar to one of my favorite tomato sauces-- a 28 oz, can of San Marzanos, half a stick of butter and an onion sliced in half and simmered until the onion is soft (then it's taken out). I've been thinking I should try to create a soup based on it, and voila, here this is! I will definitely be trying this. Your photos look divine, as always!

  3. ooh that looks amazing! I love tomato soup and was just looking for a good recipe the other day!

  4. This looks so delicious...and who cares about the butter. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and work it off :) I LOVE The Kitchen. Nice score on the recipe! I think this will go well with some grilled cheese sandwiches, no? Happy weekend.

  5. I made the tomato soup tonight with out the heavy cream (I forgot to add it) and used 3/4 roasted tomatoes instead of all plain. With a dash of ground pepper on top it was perfect!

  6. Wow…I love this. It looks so smooth. It should feel great in mouth and I like lot of butter, the smell and taste should be really good. Might try to do it with fresh tomatoes and add little bit of honey or brown sugar to reduce the sourness from tomatoes. :)

  7. Looking forward to serving this recipe along with grilled cheese sandwiches tomorrow night - for the, ya' know, KC-Broncos game! This should be a good game and the soup will be even better!


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