Tomato soup with garnish and heavy cream

Our family loves a good soup. My kids’ favorite is my creamy broccoli soup but my favorite is this tomato soup. The combination of butter, tomatoes and cream makes this a rich, delicious and filling soup that is good for dinner or lunch.

Ingredients for tomato soup

In addition to shallot, garlic and tomatoes, the soup is seasoned with salt/pepper, paprika and sambal oelek for an extra kick in this soup.

Fresh washed tomatoes

Nice fresh tomatoes can be either store bought or homegrown. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant. They are also packed with vitamins A, C, calcium and potassium.

Cut up tomatoes

Cook your shallot until it is soft and light brown, then add in the garlic and simmer until it is fragrant. When it’s time to add these beautiful diced tomatoes we can include the spices as well. The paprika added with salt and pepper gives this soup more flavor and extra depth.

Added spices to diced tomatoes

Letting the tomatoes cook on low to medium heat with spices until they are nice and soft helps the flavors combine. Just before adding the broth, I like to stir in a little bit of sambal oelek for that extra kick of spice. You can find it in most supermarkets. If you can’t find it you can switch it out for a half a teaspoon of chili powder instead.

Parsley

I also enjoy adding in some fresh herbs depending on what I have in my garden or fridge. Either parsley or basil can make a nice addition to this soup.

Added parsley and broth to the cooked tomatoes

Once all the ingredients are added bring the soup to a boil and let it simmer on low until the tomatoes are nice and soft and ready to blend. I use a hand held blender for this. My family prefers our soup very smooth. Finish the soup with some fresh squeezed lemon juice and a drizzle of heavy whipping cream. Finally if you have some herbs left over, you can add them on top to give it a nice pop of color just before serving.

Cooked tomatoes soup before blended

Tomato soup with garnish and heavy cream

 

Tomato soup

Comforting, creamy tomato soup with beautiful fresh tomatoes, shallot, garlic and herbs.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: soup
Keyword: creamy tomato soup, tomato soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 1 Shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 32 Oz tomatoes diced ((908 gram)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 Teaspoon Sambal oelek
  • 2 Tablespoon Fresh parsley or basil if prefer
  • 2.3 Oz Tomato paste 65 gram
  • 20 Fl Oz Chicken bone broth 591 ml
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Lemon juice more or less to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Heavy whipping cream more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Sauté the shallot with a pinch of salt, on medium low heat, until soft. This takes around 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic ,sauté until fragant, around 30 seconds.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to the pan with salt, paprika and black pepper. Cook until soft, around 5-7 minutes. Then add the sambal oelek, if using, parsley and the tomato paste. Stir to combine and let cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the broth and bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for around 15 minutes.
  • Blend your soup to your prefered consistency. Add the lemon juice and heavy whipping cream. Stir and enjoy!

Creamy broccoli soup
This easy broccoli soup is one of my family’s favorite! Super easy and quick to make. The combination of broccoli with the potatoes makes it extra creamy and delicious. Sautéed shallot gives it an extra flavor.

Ingredients for broccoli soup

In my kitchen I use a lot of sambal oelek

Sambal oelek, heavy whipped cream, lemon

Essentially Sambal Oelek is an Indonesian raw ground chili paste that isn’t very spicy. The spice levels are comparable to Sriracha but have far less lemon, making it less sour. The ingredients include chili peppers, vinegar and salt which add a little extra kick to your dish. I have been able to find it in most supermarkets. If you can’t find it, don’t worry, because this dish will still be delicious without it.

Adding lemon juice to this meal makes a difference because it adds a high back-note. The acid activates your taste buds the same way salt does. For this reason I always add a little to my soup towards the end of cooking. The addition of heavy whipping cream gives the soup its extra creamy texture. Once the cream and lemon are added to the soup, and it is fully incorporated, then you can taste if the soup needs more spices to suit your personal preference.

Chopped shallots

Chopped potatoes

Sautéed shallot, garlic, broccoli, potatoes with herbs

I added turmeric for its heath benefits because it is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. If you choose to add this in you can combine it with the salt and fresh black pepper. 

Adding the sambal oelek to the soup and sauté 30 seconds

I like to add the Sambal Oelek just before adding the broth. Saute it for 30 seconds or until it is lightly fragrant. Next you add the broth and bring it to a boil. I am using chicken bone broth. If you prefer it to be a vegetarian dish you can substitute vegetable broth. If you don’t have bone broth, regular chicken broth will work.

Soup ready to blend

Blending soup

I like to use a hand blender to blend my soups. It’s easy and quick without any extra mess or large blenders to wash. Our family likes the soup super smooth but you can blend less if you prefer some texture. After you have blended your soup, add the lemon juice and heavy whipping cream. Give it a good stir and taste. If you prefer more of the lemon juice or heavy whipping cream add it now. You can also add the heavy whipping cream just before serving as a decoration on top. Taste to see if the soup needs more salt/pepper. When you’re happy with it, ladle into bowls and enjoy!

Creamy broccoli soup overhead shot

I served it with my overnight sourdough bread

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Easy broccoli soup with potatoes, heavy cream and shallot for an extra flavor boost.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: soup
Keyword: broccoli soup, creamy broccoli soup
Author: Ester van Boesschoten

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted butter substitute oil if you prefer
  • 1 Shallot chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 12 Oz Broccoli (340 gram)
  • 2-3 Gold potatoes peeled and cubbed
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sambal oelek
  • 32 Oz Chicken bone broth (945 ml) can use vegetable stock if preferred
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice More or less to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoon Heavy whipping cream More or less to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a pan. Sauté shallot until it is soft and light brown on medium low with a pinch of salt. Watch closely to avoid burning (4 -5 minutes).
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped broccoli, potatoes, salt, pepper, turmeric. Stir and cook until the broccoli turns a bright green color. Then add sambal oelek and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add in the broth and bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer until the broccoli and potatoes are tender and soft. This takes around 15-20 minutes.
  • Blend the soup to preferred consistency. Add lemon juice and heavy whipping cream to taste. Stir until combined. Taste and add additional spices if needed. Enjoy!