Cream of Tomato Soup, also sometimes referred to as the Creamy Tomato Soup, is essentially a soup dish with a rich and creamy texture. It is a thick soup with tomato as the main ingredient. The creamy consistency of the soup is attributed to the use of heavy cream, milk, white sauce and butter in preparation. These ingredients are often used in combination to complement each other. The soup may contain other vegetables, as well as meats. Onions, potatoes, chives, carrots, leeks, peas, chicken and bacon are of the most popularly used additional ingredients.
A single, average sized serving (100g.) of the soup typically has about 120 calories, 5.6 grams of fat and 17 milligrams of cholesterol making the preparation healthier than most of the other creamy soups.
Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe Overview
Ingredients Used: Ingredients that are traditionally used in a Cream of Tomato Soup include tomatoes, broth, heavy cream, milk, butter, oil, white sauce, tomato juice and salt and pepper. Herbs and spices are often added to the soup to give it more aroma and flavor. Based on the recipe being followed, tomato can often be used in combination with other vegetables. A few recipes call for the use of meat as well, mostly bacon, ham and chicken.
Preparation of the Soup: To make the soups, the vegetables and meats being used are first sautéed in butter or oil for a few minutes and then mixed with milk, cream, butter and white sauce. The concoction thus obtained is blended to make a smooth mixture and this mixture is transferred to a large pot, along with all the other ingredients. The pot is placed over direct heat and the soup is cooked till it has achieved a thick, dense and creamy consistency.
Popular Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe Variations
There are various versions of the traditional Cream of Tomato Soup recipe and recipes mostly differ based on the ingredients used in preparation. For those who are lactose intolerant, coconut milk is used instead of cream, butter and milk. The use of olive oil, margarine, light cream and baked tomatoes makes the soup an ideal low-calorie preparation. Regional spices are used to add flavor to the soup and give it a more local touch (like chili paste and chili powder in Thailand and Indian spices in the Indian Creamy Tomato Soup).
Serving the Creamy Tomato Soup
Cream of Tomato Soup is most often served as an appetizer. While mostly served hot, the soup can be chilled for a few minutes and then served cold as well. If made with additional vegetables and/or meats, the dish can be a part of the main course or even a wholesome meal in itself. Toasted French or Italian bread are common accompaniments and the garnish usually consists of croutons, parsley, coriander and cheese.
Creamy Tomato Soup Trivia
The term 'Cream Tomato Bisque' (the French creamy soup made with tomatoes, cheese and croutons; essentially a variant of the Creamy Tomato Soup) is often erroneously used as a synonym for Cream of Tomato Soup.