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Summer Tomato Soup

Summer Tomato Soup

There is going to be a lot of talk about soup on this blog.

I don’t know what it is about soup. I like to make it, eat it, serve it and freeze it. Pair it with a nice loaf of buttered, crusty bread, and you have a complete, hearty, nourishing meal. There it is: nourishing. That is why I adore soup. It feeds my body along with my spirit.

My mom has always made soup, usually without a formal recipe, and I think a bowl of soup just takes me back to my childhood and being loved and fed. Her soups were never the same thing twice – add a little of this, a little of that, use up what’s left in the refrigerator.

Some may not think of soup as a summertime meal, but all of these amazing summertime vegetables and herbs are at their peak readiness and flavor right now. Soup is a wonderful way to combine many different vegetables from the garden or CSA, and most can be served warm or cold.

Like my mom, I rarely use a recipe for soup. I may flip through a magazine or cookbook to get ideas, but I always create my soups based on what I have in my garden, fridge, and pantry.

I made this simple tomato soup the other day and have since eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner – alone and paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. To me, it’s the perfect flavor for these hot summer months and especially brings the soul a nice dose of comfort if you are recovering from anything from a mild cold to major surgery.

Summer Tomato Soup
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 tbsp. of butter and/or olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4-5 ripe, local tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp. honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter and/or olive oil in a cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté until browned. Add the whole tomatoes with skin on and break apart as they soften with the heat. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add water and milk and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and carefully blend to desired consistency with a food processor. Stir in chopped fresh basil and honey.

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