11.11.2008

Heaven in a Bowl, or The Best Soup You'll Ever Eat

A big thanks to a few girls who have given me awards lately!  The first is from Carrie of Carrie's Little World.


And the next is from Amy of WhisperWood Cottage:

A huge thank you to both of these ladies for thinking I have anything to contribute to the blogging world!  And, since both awards ask me to list some things that I am thankful for, I thought it would be a great time to share with you something that makes me very, very happy:

This, friends, is the best soup you will ever eat.  I am not kidding.  I have been searching for a tomato soup recipe for years and years (really!) and had yet to find something that would rival my childhood favorite, Campbell's Tomato Soup...until this soup came along.  It is rich and creamy, with a subtle tomato flavor.  It is perfect to serve it to guests if I want, but I can also dip a grilled cheese sandwich in there on a Tuesday night and feel right at home.  Did I mention how much I love this soup?

I will give credit where credit is due and tell you that I originally got this recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  That woman has never steered me wrong and I have loved all her recipes.  But in this case, her recipe makes the soup rather chunky, and I am a firm believer that tomato soup should be perfectly smooth and creamy.  So the recipe I am sharing with you below is with my adjustments, but be sure to visit The Pioneer Woman if you want the original.  You won't be sorry!

Heaven In a Bowl, or The Best Soup You'll Ever Eat
6 T. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 (46 oz.) bottle of tomato juice
2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 T. chicken base (you'll find it near the bullion cubes)
3 T. sugar
1 cup cooking sherry
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large soup pot.  Saute the onions in the butter until they are translucent.  Let cool slightly.  Add sauteed onions and cans of diced tomatoes to a food processor or blender and blend together until smooth.  Put mixture back into soup pan.  Add tomato juice, chicken base and sugar.  Bring to a near boil, then turn off heat.  Add in sherry and cream and stir.  Turn heat back on low.  Add parsley and basil.  Let all the flavors cook and blend together, making sure not to scorch the soup.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

How easy is that?  YUM!  :)

P.S. I wanted to say a big thank you for your comments yesterday about the house next door.  I felt so supported and was so blessed that so many of you said a prayer for me.  It's so humbling!  The latest is that we placed our offer, but are competing with another buyer who also put in an offer yesterday.  So it's a waiting game, unfortunately, and since our offer is contingent upon us selling our house, the odds aren't in our favor.  I was pretty bummed yesterday and of course shed some tears, but let's wait and see what God does.  If this doesn't work, I do believe it's because there's something better out there.  I will keep you posted!



49 comments:

duchess said...

Ok, I copied this recipe down - I'll definitely have to try it soon. Sounds yummy.

Hope the house works out but if not....I can't wait to see what's in store for your family later.:)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

The recipe looks really good....Tomato is one of my favorite soups!!

Don't lose hope...you never know what can happen. My friend was in a similar situation, they were outbid and then got a phone call 4 weeks later, the original deal fell through and they got the house anyway! Keep the faith....and if it was meant to be it will be!!

Lisa

Midwest Mama said...

I love tomato soup as well. Campbells is my classic fav. I can't wait to try this out. Especially since it is 29 degrees here! BURRR!

Maggie

Stacey said...

That soup sounds yummy. I too love Campbells tomato but have always thought it would be nice to find a real recipe. Thanks!!

Keeping my fingers crossed for your house.

Sandy Toes said...

That soup sounds "divine"!
-sandy toes

Heather said...

Keep up the positive thoughts and nothing will be lost! You've got the right attitude :)

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I don't like tomato soup, but my husband does-I will make it for him, and I'll try it myself!

Jboo said...

The soup sounds yummy and I know the Hub would love it! Tomato soup, grilled cheese and a Peps*-- a fav when I was in college!

Good luck on the house -- you never know!

Janet

Ms. Tee said...

I will so have to try this! My son loves the creamy tomato soup from Panera, and this sounds like he'll love it. I'm with you - tomato soup just must be creamy. :)

Still keeping my hopes up for you!

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

I am going to have to try that soup. I love tomato soup :) Keep us posted on the house :)

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best as far as the house goes!

Carolina Mama said...

Mountain Man's favorite soup is Tomato Soup! Campbell's! And I've been wanting to make a homemade one that fits the bill. THanks for the recipe!

We were out-of-town at the Zoo all day yesterday - we'll pray about the house. ;)

Darlene said...

Oh as soon as I saw tomato soup I thought you gotta have a grilled cheese to dip in it...and then that is what you said...lol

YUMMY!!

I agree with half gaelic,half garlic keep the faith and we will all be praying for you cause you never know if something might fall through and you do (eventually) end up getting it.

jennykate77 said...

Congrats on your awards...you are way creative or kreative...and you totally deserve them :)

That soup recipe sounds delish! I'll have to write it down and give it a try!

Thanks for sharing :)

Sweet Simplicity said...

This looks delish! I love a good tomato soup recipe. I will be printing this out shortly!

Rebecca Taylor said...

The soup looks amazing!! Yum!

Still praying about the house. Keep us posted!

Nikki said...

This soup sounds amazing! I love a good tomato soup and I do believe that it should be creamy instead of chunky. I'll have to put this on my list of things to try.

The Arthur Clan said...

I am also one of those who does not want anything chunky in my tomato soup. I can't wait to try out your recipe! Sounds completely yum.

Joanna said...

The soup sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.

Erik said...

Cooking sherry with tomatoes! I love it!
By the way, is that a pumpkin in the background? Tell me you made a soup out of that too!

Amy from Texas said...

Yum! I just came here from Angie in Ohio's blog. I don't know how I've missed coming here before. I love your site!! fun.

Kim @ My Journey said...

I'm embarassed to admit I've never made any tomato soup other than Campbell's... and I totally agree it must not have chunks! :) I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Thinking of you today as you go through the waiting game with the house next door. God is good and will steer your family in the best direction. But, I also understand the difficulty in waiting and having faith.

Rue said...

Hi Carrie :)

I really hope the house thing works out for you. I just went through the same thing, as you may know with a particular farmhouse. Crossing my fingers :)

rue

Letti said...

I have been looking for a great tomato basil soup too. I will have to give this a try. I can't wait.

Betsy said...

I love, love, love tomato soup. I eat it mostly with a grilled cheese. Comfort food. Can't wait to try.

Our Complete Family said...

The soup looks yummy! Right in time, too, b/c it's getting cold here in the Midwest!
Keep the faith that you have that whatever happens happens for a reason and all will work out on the house. Now, since I've been at the inlaws I need to read back and see what is going on!
Happy day wishes Carrie! Hugs, Les

Eloise said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! My husband loves all soup, but I only like homemade. I can't wait to try this. I love grilled cheese sandwiches too, so that may be our menu!

Keep us posted on the house. If it doesn't work out for your family, hopefully that means the world's greatest neighbors are about to move in next door.

Twice as Nice said...

I know this might sound crazy but...what is heavy cream and where do I find it? Good Luck on the house, I pray that's the place God wants you to be. :o)

My home - My life said...

I don't love tomato soup but I just might have to try this recipe - it sounds so darn good! Thanks for sharing.

AJ said...

Sounds so yummy and perfect for a day like today! Good luck with the house! I'm thinking about you:)

Aleta said...

I'll have to try this recipe for Greg. One of his favote soups is tomato soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Heidi Boos said...

Best of luck with the house!

Whatever happens is meant to be and His plan (even though WE might not think so...)

Screaming Meme said...

Yummy...I'll be over in a minute...:) I'll have to try that! I miss you!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I have been WANTING a tomato soup recipe!!! I know you know, but God's got you and he'll let it happen if he thinks it should...start grilling in cutoff shorts and t-shirts! hahaha!

Lisa & Gerald said...

mmmm sounds good!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

THAT RECIPE SOUNDS YUMMY I WILL TRY OVER THE WEEK END AND SO FUNNY I WAS READINGAND WAS SAYING THTA WOULD GO GOOD WITH GRILL CHEESE HA THEN I SAW YOU SAID THAT TOO, TOO FUNNY WE THINK ALOT ALIKE.

IAM PRAYING FOR GOD TO GIVE YOUR FAMILY THAT IS EXPECTING A GOOD OUTCOME I SURE HOPE THAT THE BUYERS SEE THAT YOU HAVE BEEMN GREAT NEIGHBORS AND CONSIDER HELPING OUT A NEIGHBOR. I HOPE YOU GET IT YOUR SOSOSSOS DESERVING THAT IS WELL NOTED IN MY BOOK. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MIND AND THAT SOUP IS ON MY WEEKEND SHOPPING LIST TO BUY ALL THOSE YUMMY INGREDIENTS AND TRY IT OUT. THANKS A BUNCH.ILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT IS AND IF I NEED TO FLY OVER AND HELP ME OUT! KIDDING BUT YOUR ALWAYS WELCOMED TO VIST LOL. TAKE CARE AND KEEP ME POSTED ON THE HOUSE AND REMEBER THAT IF GOD THINKS THI SMOVE WOULD BE STRESSFUL AT THIS TIME THEN HE WILL KEEP LOOKING FOR THAT RIGHT ONE. SO THINK POSITIVE GIRLFRIEND.


WANT A LAUGHT TAKE A LOOK AT MY BLOG POST TODAY GABBY CAME OUT WITH A DOZY .

AndreaLeigh said...

Yum! There is nothing better in the world than grilled cheese and tomato soup. I will definately have to try this out!

melissa said...

That soup sounds sooooo good right now! It will work out the way it's supposed to~you just crack me up with an image of you being the big ol' redneck next door :) Let us know how it turns out...

Sunny said...

Sounds yummy. When I saw that it included sherry and cream, I was like, oh yeah, gotta try it! Girl, love me some sherry and cream! Chicken Tetrazzini (sp?!?) is one of my faves for that reason! Can't beat good ol' homemade soup. Maybe I'll post my vegetable beef soup recipe soon on my blog. Ya got me thinkin' now!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Yes keep us posted on the house...You are thinking correctly though.....God has the BEST for you! ;) Still praying!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I didn't read your post yesterday but I will go do so right now and I will pray for you! God does some amazing things so be prepared to be amazed : )!

The soup looks delicious! I might make it for supper tomorrow night. I love the Pioneer Woman recipes too! SO good!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

I KNOW RIGHT SO SAD LOL IT WAS TOO MUCH I HARDLY CAN READ IT WITH OUT DYING OF LAUGHING AND OH SHE IS PLAYING IT


OH MOMMY WHAT GABBY BAM PUMPKIN PIE AND SLAPING HER HANDS TO MUCH I TELL YOU AND ONLY 8 SIGH

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love that name...heaven in a bowl. I will have to try this. Thanks for coming by and giving me a lift. cherry

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Yummy! This list of ingredients is going down on this weeks grocery list! My family will love it, I'm sure. Thank you for the recipe! :)

The Graves' House said...

can't wait to try the soup! i will continue to pray for your family and your upcoming days.
~nicole

Christi said...

I'm new to your blog, and to blogging in general, but I love your site! I can't wait to try this recipe! Also, I followed the pointer that you gave in a previous post about creating a blog header (and other things) at scrapblog. I have been busy playing on it tonight, and I LOVE IT!!! I do have a question though. I have already designed a header that I would like to use, but how do I get it from scrapblog into the header space? I am a newbie, so this could be an easy thing, but I just couldn't figure it out. Also, how do you make the rest of the blog template coordinate with the header you designed? I have a "Cutest Blog on the Block" template right now that I love, but I am excited about putting together something more custom. Thanks for any help you can offer! :)

Juice said...

Great post - hope the houe works out! Love the pumpkin btw. :)

Juice said...

Ooops - I meant house. See what happens when you don't proofread?

Tricia said...

Yum! I don't know how I missed this post {I usually stalk daily...I must have been slacking!}

I also wanted to let you know that we dealt with a similar house situation last year. I was so bummed when they accepted someone else's offer {it was a foreclosure and they got their offer in just moments before ours} I tried to keep things in perspective and knew it was just a house and God had something else in store for us...and THEN we got a phone call a few weeks later asking if we'd still like to move forward b/c the winning bidders had backed out of the deal. I could hardly believe it! We've been here for a year now and feel SO blessed to be making this house our home! I'll be prayig for you.