A great chilly weather soup!
I used to make so many different kinds of soups while working in restaurants. Tomato leek cream soup is one of the best selling soups that I have cooked. The flavors are friendly, warm and comforting. This style of tomato leek is my favorite. Small chunks of tomato in a cream soup add a nice rustic character to this soup. Modern chefs who make one geriatric style puree soup after another, do not impress me much. I like soups that have character!
Tomato Leek Creme Soup:
This recipe makes 1 serving of soup!
Heat a sauce pot over medium low/low heat.
Add 3 pats of unsalted butter.
Add 1/4 cup of very finely chopped leek.
Add 1/2 of a minced garlic clove.
Add 1 tablespoon of very finely chopped carrot.
Add 1 tablespoon of very finely chopped celery.
Gently saute and sweat the vegetables, till they become tender.
Add 3/4 cup of chopped peeled and seeded overripe tomatoes with its own juices. (Quality canned plain diced stewed tomato is fine for this recipe.)
Stir and simmer the tomatoes for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of light chicken stock.
Add 1 1/3 cups of milk.
Add 1/3 cup of cream.
Raise the temperature to medium/medium low heat.
Add sea salt and black pepper.
Add 1 small bay leaf.
Add 2 pinch of dill weed.
Add 1 pinch of basil.
Add 1 small pinch of cayenne pepper.
Add 2 pinches of paprika.
Stir the soup occasionally as it comes to a gentle boil.
Heat a small sauce pot over medium/medium low heat.
Add 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
Add an equal amount of flour, while constantly stirring with a whisk.
When the roux smells like toasted hazelnuts and it become a light golden color, then it is done cooking.
Add just enough roux, while constantly stirring with a whisk, to thicken the soup to a thin cream soup consistency. Save any extra roux for another recipe.
Reduce the temperature to low/very low heat.
Simmer the soup for 15 minutes and stir it occasionally.
Remove the bay leaf.
Ladle the soup into a soup serving bowl.
Garnish with an Italian parsley sprig.
The bits of tomato add character to this soup. The basil and dill are nice herbs for a tomato cream soup. The gentle flavor of leeks is perfect with the tomato. Yummy! ... Shawna