First, a little on the choices for this soup. I think that milk in tomato soup is gross. I also think that recipes that fake it with soft bread for thickening are wrong. The texture of soaked bread is godawful.
I used a coarse cheese grater to shred the zucchini and the onion. You could probably also just chop the stuff and then stick blend it, or use a regular blender. I just hate the heck out of cleaning the stick blender and the regular blender. Also, the texture that’s missing from a lot of tomato soups is present in spades with the cheese grater method.
Vidalia onions sweeten up beautifully when they’re sauteed long time over medium heat. The sweetness of the onions and the queer starchiness of the zucchini do a beautiful job of giving this soup some texture and thickening, without the grodie slime of the soft bread, or the abomination that is just tossing in some milk or cream. There’s no roux, and there’s only a skosh of oil, so this is actually vegan, and contains almost NO fat, but is still really satisfying & filling.
Recipe: Summer Garden Tomato Soup
1 T olive oil
1 medium vidalia onion
2 large cloves of garlic
2 medium zucchini
1/4 c. fresh sage
1/4 c. fresh basil
2 T fresh oregano
1 t. salt
8 tomatoes from your garden, boiled and peeled, or a big can of san marzano tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 pinch of tumeric
Heat the olive oil in the bottom of a dutch oven over medium high heat.
Grate the onion, zucchini, and crush the garlic into the oil. Cook, stirring often, until the zucchini has sweated off all its moisture and softened, and the onions are sweet. Stir in the herbs and salt and let it cook for a minute of two until the herbs smell nice.
Crush the tomatoes into the mixture and stir. Add all the juices from the tomatoes or can, and some extra water, too.
Throw in the bay leaf and the tumeric and allow to simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for an hour, or until it’s reduced a bit. Reduce heat to low and cover to hold until serving.
Remove bay leaf. Makes about 8 servings.
I made some orzo that I stirred in just before serving, which was my original conception, but it was utterly superfluous.