Break away from the can, friends. This amazing soup is our #1 most requested recipe here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.Â Â ItÂ is an absolutely irresistible soupâ€¦ interesting enough to make for company, but comforting and homey at the same time.
- 12 tablespoons butter
- 6 pounds canned whole tomatoes, with liquid
- 2 large yellow onions, peeled, diced
- 2 tablespoons basil, dried
- 1 quart heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- Â¾ cup cognac
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Parsley, fresh, washed, for garnish (or chives or hot croutons)
Â In a large mixing bowl add tomatoes. Using hands (or potato masher), squash tomatoes into smaller pieces. Â Set aside.Â
In a sautÃ© pan melt butter.Â Add onions and sautÃ© for 5 minutes or until soft but not brown.Â Add tomatoes, including their liquid, to pan.Â Add basil and stir to combine well.Â Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.Â Remove from heat and set aside to cool.Â Transfer mixture to a food processor and puree. Â Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add cream and sugar and heat slightly, whisking often.Â Pour in tomato mixture.Â Stir to combine.Â Continue to cook soup until heated through but do not boil. Remove from heat.Â Â Add cognac, salt, and pepper.Â Stir to combine.Â Â
To serve, ladle soup into individual soup bowls.Â Top with parsley, for garnish.Â Serve warm.Â
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Feel free to use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, if desired.Â Substitute 5 to 6 whole, peeled tomatoes for a 14-ounce can and 10 to 12 for a 28-ounce can.
We served our tomato cognac soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches at Tuesday Lunch at The Culinary Center, and an amazing Lavender Pound Cake for dessert (click here for the Lavender Pound Cake recipe).
Find this and other CCKC favorite recipes in our cookbook â€“
â€œThe Culinary Center of Kansas Cityâ€™s BEST RECIPES â€“ SECOND EDITION.â€ â„¢
Available for purchase on-line at www.kcculinary.com
and in our retail store – â€œThe Kitchen Shop.â€â„¢