Tomato soup and I go waaaaaaay back. Back to the days of being 5 years old when I completely despised fresh tomatoes but ketchup and tomato soup were totally the bees knees. This soup is absolutely perfect for the current global situation: the COVID 19 pandemic. It’s delicious, balanced, warming and budget friendly. The only difficult part about this soup is finding cans of tomato soup!? I’ve you’ve recently been to the non-perishable section of the grocery store.. You’ll know what I mean. Food supply is brutal these days!
Wtf is caramelization anyways? Caramelization is the process of “cooking” carbohydrates (sugar) that naturally occur in vegetables, fruit and meat. The chemical reaction that occurs is called pyrolysis, which is a broad category of changes that happens when a substance is exposed to certain temperatures. When these carbohydrates are exposed to high temperatures, the sugars transform and creates a deliciously sweet and nutty flavour/aroma.
Tomatoes are very acidic and need to be balanced with a subtle hint of sweetness. Often any kind of tomato based sauce or soup recipe will have a little bit of added sugar or honey, but the use of caramelized onions in this recipe replaces the use of sugar and balances out the acidity.
I am confident that you will love this soup as much as I do and it will fill you with nourishment and joy.
Caramelized Onion & Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese
- April 17, 2020
- 1 hr
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- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, roughly julienned
- 3-4 garlic cloves, whole
- 2 x 796ml cans diced tomatoes
- 1/4 C basil, packed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pepper, to taste
- 1 C vegetable or chicken stock
- 150g goat cheese, broken into large chunks
- Step 1
- In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium high heat, then add onions. Let the onions caramelize, making sure to not stir too often as this will slow down the caramelization process. The onions will be light brown when they are done (this will take about 15-20 minutes).
- Step 2
- Add garlic cloves, diced tomatoes, basil, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Step 3
- Stir chunks of goat cheese into the soup, then transfer to a high speed blender and puree (make sure to start blending at the lowest speed and slowly work your way up to high speed to prevent injury).Transfer soup back into pot and adjust seasoning if necessary before serving.