Tomato soup is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. In my opinion, comfort food needs to have the ability to be made quickly in order to eat it when you want it the most. I know plenty of recipes for tomato soup that call for roasting them in an oven and sautéing multiple ingredients together to reach the desired flavor. I, on the other hand, would like to keep comfort food simple. This recipe has very few steps and ingredients. The tomatoes have their own sweetness and creaminess and therefore it takes very little to make it very delicious. I used liquid smoke to give the tomato soup it's signature toasty flavor....in virtually one second!
Next time you have a craving for tomato soup (and how about some grilled cheese?!) open up a few cans or slice a few tomatoes and let your immersion blender do the rest!
Smokey Creamy Tomato Soup
4 Cups Tomatoes (Fresh or Diced in Can), with juices
1 - 6 Oz. Jar Tomato Paste
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tbs. White Miso Paste
1/2 Tsp. Back Pepper
1 Tsp. Basil, dried
1 Cup Milk (2% or Whole)
1/4 Tsp. Liquid Smoke
Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Bread Croutons, Arugula, Basil
Pour in a pot the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, pepper and basil. Heat through. When the tomatoes begin to simmer turn off the heat and blend with an immersion blender or vitamix till smooth. Add the milk and smoke and blend until desired consistency has been reached. Ladle into bowls and garnish. This soup may be served hot or cold.