Friday, October 4, 2013

Cream of Tomato Soup with Rosemary Polenta Madeleines

Creamy and comforting with mellow tomato flavour......this is the tomato soup for non-tomato eaters (and everyone else as well!).
Cream of Tomato Soup
adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham 

Serves 6
Time : 30 minutes


4 tbsp/56g unsalted butter
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
720ml vegetable stock
240ml cold milk
1 tsp kosher salt
1 dried bay leaf
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
1 680ml bottle passata (fresh tomato purée)
1/2 tsp baking soda
freshly ground black pepper (optional)


1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir it quickly into the butter until combined. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until it is a light golden yellow colour. Do not allow it to brown.

2. Slowly add the stock in a steady stream, whisking vigorously the entire time. Add the milk the same way. Once the mixture is smooth, add the salt, bay leaf and onion. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring periodically until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

3. In the meantime, pour the passata into a bowl and stir in the baking soda; the mixture will foam. The baking soda neutralizes the acid in the tomatoes preventing the milk from curdling and takes the sharp edge off the tomato flavour.  

4. Add the passata to the thickened milk/stock mixture. Bring the soup back to a simmer. Remove the onion and bay leaf with a slotted spoon and discard. Season to taste with salt and (optional) pepper and serve.
If it's not being served with a sandwich, I like to include a cheese-y nibble to go with the soup. Delicious Rosemary Polenta madeleines, tender little savoury cakes flavoured with Parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary from the book We Love Madeleines, was the side of choice with this batch.
Rosemary Polenta Madeleines


  1. Personally, I'm not a huge tomato soup fan, but this looks like one I could enjoy - and as for those madeleines ... I could eat a whole plate full of those.

    1. The madeleines were definitely a big hit. If you have an underused madeleine pan, I recommend this book - it has an eclectic mix of recipes from different sources and most of the ones I've tried have been very good.

  2. Hi Zosia,
    Your tomato soup and the madeleines looks wonderful! Both my hubby and myself love tomato soup, but have never tried making it at home before. I really should! Cook-Your-Books is now open for linking! :)

    1. Thanks Joyce. The recipe is very kid-friendly too.


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