I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never really been a tomato soup fan.
My memories of tomato soup always included that thin, bland, generic liquid that came directly from a can— or from the lunch lady at school, which was certainly not any better. There was no flavor, no texture, no substance, so I was having none of it. So from then on, I kinda wrote off tomato soup altogether. That was, until this Christmas break happened…
If you’ve been following this blog (or my Instagram) for the past few weeks, you know that Nate and I went on this incredible road trip over our Christmas Break, stopping in Charleston and Savannah (coming soon) on our way to and from Orlando. While in Charleston, Nate and I had Christmas Eve dinner at this amazing restaurant that only offered a chef’s tasting menu— which also happened to change daily. On the menu that day, we were served this flavor-packed, rich and creamy Roasted Tomato Soup, and it changed my life! Well, my feelings on tomato soup at least 😉
Later on in our trip, we spent a day in Savannah, Georgia (coming soon) and I had ANOTHER amazing tomato soup experience! We stopped at a restaurant called Starland Cafe for lunch and I couldn’t keep my eyes off their signature Thai Tomato Soup. Well, you know whats coming… it was spectacular! Thick and creamy, with pops of curry and cumin and heat— ohhh you know I had to recreate that gem as soon as I got home.
And so I did!
With my newfound love of tomato soup on the mind, I got straight to work, roasting six large tomatoes until they were bubbly and juicy and starting to char. In the meantime, I filled a big pot with golden yellow onions, butternut squash, red curry paste, cumin, and coconut milk and cooked it until it was fragrant and creamy. All I needed to do now was puree that beautiful soup with the tender roasted tomatoes, add some fresh lime juice and cilantro, and dig in!
I’m not exaggerating when I say this soup packs ALL THE FLAVOR. The heat from those Thai spices, the warmth of the squash and tomatoes, the creaminess from the coconut milk, the acid from the lime, the sweetness from that touch of maple syrup— they all melded together into this big pot of pure comfort! Nate plowed through two bowls, saying only “wowww” and “mmmmmm” every few minutes. I knew I had a winner then.
So if you were a tomato soup skeptic like me, I promise you— give it another chance! This warm, comforting, flavorful pot of tomatoey goodness is bound to capture your tastebuds, just like it did mine 🙂