Mmmmmm...I love tomato soup. Since I was a little girl it was my favorite, summer winter spring or fall. Tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. When I was a kid (circa 1950's) that meant Campbell's Tomato Soup out of a can, with a grilled Wonder Bread and American cheese sandwich. Things have changed some since then (my palate, for one) but I still love those two paired up.
Since I grow and can all manner of tomatoes, and I love making soup, it stands to reason that I would make my own tomato soup, just like every other soup I eat. A friend asked me recently if I had a recipe for tomato soup and I said "Sure" without even thinking. The truth is, I make soup by the seat of my pants (doesn't everyone?) and don't really have a recipe per se... but like any good con artist, I can come up with a plausible story in the blink of a eye. LOL
Any soup worth it's salt starts the same way: chopped onions and celery and garlic. This is the secret of a solid soup base, in my book. I usually "sweat" the onions in the heavy bottomed pan first by themselves. Then add in a little butter or olive oil and the celery and garlic. Stir them about and let them cook a little while you finely chop a couple of nice carrots. Cook the carrots with the onions and stuff for a dose of magic. That taste and smell is out of this world. PLUS--carrots tone down the acidity of tomatoes and make them a little easier on your gut.
For this batch of soup I used a pint jar of tomato sauce, a quart jar of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomato paste (because I wanted to). I also used a quart of my own canned vegetable stock. I can stock (chicken, turkey, vegetable) every year.
When I make grilled cheese sandwiches, I use homemade whole grain bread. 2 or 3 kinds of sliced cheeses (my favorites are Havarti and Muenster) . Butter the bread on one side, lay butter side down. Arrange the cheese on both slices of bread. Thinly slice an onion, a tomato, black olives--put on top of cheese. Close up sandwich and grill to golden brown on both sides.
Eat with a lovely bowl of that tomato soup and you will be thinking you've died and gone to heaven.
You'll never buy canned soup again.
Bon Apetit !