Sherried Tomato Soup

Long day today: first full work week in a while, late night last night with Fortinbras, and swim class until late this evening. I was FROZEN when I got home, and hungry, so no preparatory photos because I wasn’t planning to make a post. But the sherried tomato soup I threw together turned out fairly well so I figured it warranted mentioning.

Sherried Tomato Soup

1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
3 Tbsp sherry (I used cream sherry)
1 14.5 oz tin tomatoes
3 cups vegan broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat some olive oil in a soup pot, then add the onions and celery and cook until onions are beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Use some of the sherry to deglaze the pot, then add the tomatoes and let them cook down over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Blend and adjust seasonings if necessary.

I served with grilled “cheese” sandwiches made with Cheezly and the soft sandwich rye from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day, and pickles. I’d like to have garnished it with basil but we ate all the fresh basil I had last night, so I used baby spinach to liven the photo up. It didn’t taste bad, either. I also sprinkled with some croutons, mostly for photographic reasons.

I hope everyone has a very happy new year! Mark and I broke our years-long New Year’s Eve tradition in which one of us is always sick that day: neither of us were sick. But because I assumed one of us would be we didn’t make any plans. Which was really fine with me: the weather was pretty miserable and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in our cozy house with my wonderful husband and wonderful cat anyway!


  1. Josiane Said,

    January 5, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    For a little something quickly thrown together, it really sounds awesome!

    Happy new year to you too! Clearly, 2010 is off to a good start for you (yay for breaking non-fun traditions!), and I hope it only keeps getting better!

  2. Jes Said,

    January 6, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Wooohoo for no one being sick! And for surviving the snow–do you guys still have the nasty piles of it everywhere? I dont’ think it’s ever going to melt.

    The soup looks super fantastic and I’d have never thought about throwing sherry in with tomatoes. But now I think I need to!

  3. renae Said,

    January 6, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Josiane, thanks! So far 2010 has been pretty good – no illnesses or snow shoveling anyway!

    Jes, yes, there are dingy, gray piles of snow on most streets and they’ll be there a while. Especially since the temperature refuses to go above freezing AND it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow night. Grrrr!

  4. trinity Said,

    January 10, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Happy New Year! That soup looks yum- and so do those pickles!

  5. Mo Said,

    January 17, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    This looks so yummy! Nothing beats grilled cheese and tomato soup.

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