Fall is in the air; Tomato soup in the kitchen

Drag out your sweaters; put a pot of soup on in the kitchen.

Grab a book, a blanket, and curl up in your favorite chair.

As soon as the air gets crisp, and the tips of the leaves turn orange, this is where you’ll find me.

Summer was mild this year; so I’m just beginning to enjoy my beautiful tomatoes.

I’ve been a relentless caprese salad making machine. Seems like everyone else is on the same train in Sonoma County; basil has become a scarce commodity at the local grocery store. {yikes}

So when the mornings grew colder, and the warm summer afternoon sun started to fade, I found myself turning to soup.

Soup so warming and soothing. And with my abundance of garden tomatoes, what better than cream of tomato soup? I’ve got fond childhood memories of this delicious soup topped with salty Ritz crackers.

My version is easy. Did I mention fall weather makes me lazy?

Cream of Tomato Soup

STEP 1: Take a medium sized cast iron pot, fill it 3/4 full with washed tomatoes. No need to seed them or skin then. I discovered a sweet little time-saving trick that I’ll share with you later on. {hint: involves a chinois}

STEP 2: Fill the pot with cold filtered water until tomatoes are just covered. Stick a cinnamon stick, two bay leaves, 3 cardamom pods, and a clove of fresh peeled garlic to add extra flavor. Cover the soup pot with the lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat for 45-60 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.

STEP 3: Remove from heat. Discard bay leaves, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Using an emulsion blender, puree your tomatoes. Your probably wondering, but what about the seeds?

STEP 4: Pour your tomato puree through a chinois strainer and into a clean pot. A chinois strainer, is a fine cone like strainer with a wooden stirrer that allows you to strain out all the seeds and remaining tomato skins leaving you with a smooth and delicate tomato puree/soup stock. {love}

STEP 5: Re-warm soup over low heat. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream, 2 tbsp of evaporated cane juice sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm with a few slices of toasted bread to dunk up the yummy tomato goodness. Bon Appetit!

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