Flying Elephant Tomato Orange Soup
Chris’ comments: One of my favorite comfort foods is tomato soup. There must be dozens of variations on this soup: plain, creamed, bisque, with rice, with spinach. The one I like best is the variety I’ve had at my favorite place to eat in Portland, Oregon, the Flying Elephant Deli. What makes their tomato soup different? The inclusion of orange juice and baking soda.
• 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomatoes (diced or pureed)
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme
• 2 cups fresh orange juice
• 1/2 cup cream (heavy or whipping)
Saute onions in butter in soup pot until transparent.
Add canned tomatoes with their juice, salt, pepper, baking soda and dried thyme.
Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Add orange juice and cream, heat through and serve hot.
Prep time: 0:05
Total time: 0:20
Chris’ Notes: This recipe is simple to convert to vegan by substituting for the butter and omitting the cream. If I’m in the mood, I’ll chop some baby spinach and add it right before I plate.