This Creamy Tomato Soup with Cognac and Orange comes alive with the zest of an orange, orange juice and some very special spirit. We found this to be a beautiful bowl of late Summer goodness.
Even though it’s been in the 90’s here in Denver, I feel as if soup season is upon us. And my tomato plants are loving this extended warm weather. Therefore I have a counter full of beautiful ripe fruit. This recipe calls for four pounds of ripe tomatoes, and I couldn’t think of a better way to use those vibrant garden-fresh tomatoes.
Add a little cream, a hint of orange, a touch of clove, this is one soup that you can be sure will please everyone.
We just returned from our Annual Fall Trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. If you’re interested in the area, Elk watching in Colorado, and traveling with dogs in Rocky Mountain National Park, I hope you take a look at the post.
With that said, taking in all that fresh crisp mountain air has put me in the mood for soup.
- Cooking spray
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic peeled and put through a garlic press
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 - 4 whole cloves
- 4 pounds perfectly ripe tomatoes cores and coarsely chopped
- Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons cognac
- Sour cream Creme Fraiche or plain yogurt for garnish.
- Basil leaves for garnish
Spray a 5-quart heavy enameled soup pot with the cooking spray. In it, melt the butter over medium beat. Add the onion and sautee until it starts to soften. About 3 minutes. Turn the heat down, add the garlic, basil, honey, cloves and cook stirring for two minutes. Add the tomatoes and raise heat to medium high and cook to evaporate the moisture, stirring frequently. When the tomatoes begin to turn into a bubbling, chunky liquid, 5 - 10 minutes, add the orange zest. Lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Remove the pot from the heat. Let the mixture cool slightly. Pick out the cloves,. Add the orange juice and spoon the mixture into a food processor and puree in batches. Or you can use an emersion blender.
Return the puree to the soup pot. Reheat over medium low heat stirring often. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Add a dab of tomato paste if the soup seems to need more oomph. You might want to add a little more honey. When soup is hot, just before serving stir in the cream and the cognac. Do not permit the soup to boil. Serve at one garnished with a dab of dairy of your choice. Add a bright fresh basil leaf to each bowl.
Looking for more Creamy Tomato Soup Recipes? Take a look at:
Tomato Soup with Cognac and Orange …It’s what’s for Dinner.