When someone mentions tomato soup, most people think of eating grilled cheese sandwiches and Campbell’s soup on a winter afternoon. While this is a perfectly acceptable way to eat tomato soup, it can limit its potential.
Tomato soup is actually a very versatile soup that lends itself to a variety of flavors and textures. In can be thin and watery, with lots of added vegetables and meats, or it can be thick and creamy, delicious all by itself. Every bowl of this dish, no matter how it is made, is nutritious and filling. It can be served hot or cold, with accompaniments or by itself.
The classic American version of the dish is smooth and thick. It is usually topped with sour cream or cheese, and served with crackers or the aforementioned grilled cheese sandwich.
A delicious Italian version of tomato soup calls for spicy Italian sausage in a thinner broth. Thyme, basil, parsley and garlic add subtle flavors while carrots and celery add substance.
Different recipes use jalapeños, chilies and cumin to put a kick of spice into this traditional favorite. Every cook should feel free to try different things, and invent their own version of this classic comfort food. Try pairing it with other sides, such as crunchy bread or a savory meat. It is hard to go wrong with this delicious soup.