If I am honest about my childhood, Classic Tomato Soup for me came out of a can. If you are of a similar age, you know the can I am talking about. The one that contained the condensed version that required extra water to look like soup instead of a red blob. However, it should have been tomato soup from fresh tomatoes, roasted to bring out their sweetness.
It is not difficult to make tomato soup from fresh tomatoes. Perhaps the most difficult part is actually finding enough tomatoes in one place without spending a fortune. Farmers’ Markets are the best!
Look around at the farms that are flush with tomatoes and ask if they will sell by the case. You’ll usually find that the per case price is very different than the per pound price. But you can also ask your regular grocery store about ordering and pricing by the case. Most are usually happy to help.
I keep roasted tomatoes in my freezer rather than using canned tomatoes. Not because I am morally opposed to canned tomatoes – instead, I started using fresh tomatoes during the summer when they were abundant. Later that year, I had to use canned in a pinch and everyone at the table asked what was wrong with the tomatoes. A first world problem, I know. Just beware. Use fresh and you’ll never go back.
Make a huge batch of this tomato soup, freeze it in family-friendly portions or as individual servings. You will be so happy you did when Fall arrives. Of course, I live in Savannah. So Fall means 80 degrees. We eat soup whenever we want it rather than when it is cold because it is hot here 10 months a year.
This soup also makes a great lunch for school aged kids. I know that nobody wants to think about going back to school yet – at least my kids don’t – but this soup freezes and heats great. Pour it into a stainless steel thermos and it stays hot until lunch.
The advantage to Classic Tomato Soup over other soups with noodles or rice is that there is no starch to absorb liquid and swell. Just thaw whatever you need the night before in the refrigerator. Heat the next morning, pour into a thermos and pack. Easier than making a sandwich.
Like the idea of roasting your own tomatoes? This Marinara is easy and makes enough to fill your freezer for lots of future meals. Need more soup options that don’t use noodles or rice for easy freezing? This Root Vegetable Soup is one of my favorites. Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Roasted Butternut and Cauliflower Soup are two of the most popular posts on my whole website!