Tomato Soup Concentrate

I had so many tomato plants when I had my big garden as I was always trying out new varieties in addition to growing my favorites so this was a great way to use up all of those tomatoes.  The smell of the fresh tarragon is wonderful…

Tomato Soup Concentrate

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 14 Roma tomatoes, scalded, peeled and cut up
  • 4 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh tarragon (do not used dried) the soup will have a tarragon flavor so add this herb to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • white pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 cups half and half (milk is fine or use a combination)

Melt 2 tbsp. butter and saute the onion and carrot for about 10 to 15 minutes; then add the garlic and cook another minute.   Stir in the prepared tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf and tarragon sprigs.  Cook another 20 minutes.  You want the vegetables to be very soft before they go through the food mill.  Combine flour and enough broth to mix well and add to soup.

Cool a little; remove bay leaf and tarragon sprigs; then run through a food mill; straining out the tomato seeds and the remains of the onion and carrot.  Return to a clean pan and stir in the rest of the broth and 2 tbsp. butter.  Add pepper and sugar and put through the food mill one more time and possibly twice.

This soup concentrate freezes well prior to adding the 2 cups of half and half (or milk).

Makes 1 quart

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Beautiful, fresh roma tomatoes!

Just starting to cook…

Going through my All-Clad food mill for the first time…

The finished product, just the size of a quart container…

Now, I am ready to make some soup that I froze last year.  Thaw the concentrate and pour into a large saucepan.  I use my Viking hand blender to blend the tomato mixture.  Heat the soup and add 1 to 2 cups of milk, half and half or a combination.  Heat and season with salt and white pepper to taste.  Serve with crackers or perhaps a grilled cheese sandwich.  Now this is comfort food 🙂

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A sister use to add cooked popcorn to her boys’ soup  so they would eat it!DSC_3122

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