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Vampire Fangs in Heirloom Tomato Soup


This Heirloom Tomato soup is honestly the best soup I have ever eaten.  I kicked your average tomato soup up a notch by adding Heirlooms to the Hothouse Tomato bunch and ended up with an addicting soup that has already got me planning my next batch of it.

Soup that you dream about all the next day,  knowing it’s in your fridge and just waiting to be dunked into by a rustic grilled cheese sandwich.

Heirloom Tomato Soup for Blood Sucking Vampires!
 Serves 5-6 bowls
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1-2 Large Heirloom Tomatoes, chopped (not peeled)
4 medium-large vine ripened tomatoes, chopped (not peeled)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves,
3-4 cups “no chicken” vegetarian broth or chicken broth
2 t. sea salt or to taste
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup half and half or whole milk
Toasted grilled cheese points for serving along side
Possible toppings: nonfat Greek yogurt, dolloped or put in a pastry bag, fitted with a small, round tip and swirled on; chopped fresh basil, grated cheddar if you are not serving with grilled cheese, grated gruyere on a crouton on top of soup.
*Add a few drops of red food coloring if you want your soup “red” for “vampire blood”.

For the Soup: Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes until very tender.  You want the onions to be carmelized. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to break down and are very soft.

 Add the half and half to the soup, stir and process the soup through a food mill into a bowl, discarding only the dry pulp that’s left.  Or if you don’t have a food mill, roll up your sleeves for the following steps: Send it through a blender in small batches. LEAVE THE LITTLE CIRCLE IN THE TOP of your lid open or off and PLACE A CLEAN TOWEL OVER THE HOLE or you will get burned. I have an immersion blender and I just pureed the soup with that. Then push your soup through a large sieve or strainer. This took me a while, like 15 solid minutes of forcing the soup through the strainer but it was SO worth it. Really.

Reheat the soup over low heat just until hot and serve with any of the suggested toppings and a grilled cheese sandwich…cut in tooth shapes if you want it for a Halloween themed dish.  Enjoy…I know you will!

73 thoughts on “Vampire Fangs in Heirloom Tomato Soup

  1. Congratulations, Geni and thank you, for the shout-out!
    Nice warm soup..love your spider web background. Even the spoon looks so Halloween!

  2. What a lovely recipe and I love how you named the vampire fangs! 🙂

    Congratulations on your Fairy Hopmother’s visit. Seems like the Hopmother is getting more and more generous lately. Maybe because the holiday is around the corner? No matter what, congratulations on your granted wish! Take care,


  3. Congrats on your fairy hob mothers visit! Great looking soup and love how you cut the grilled cheese into fangs! I just ate grilled cheese for lunch today! I’d love a visit from fairy hob mother!

  4. LOVE the vampire fangs!! What an awesome and fun way to eat grilled cheese and this delicious tomato soup. A perfect pair!
    I’ve heard about this Fairy Hobmother! How wonderful you received a visit – it’s like the adult tooth fairy!
    My food processor is too small and the knobby thing that tells the blade to move when I push down on the top fell off, so it’s challenge working with the thing. I would LOVE a new one or even just a couple dollars towards a new one!
    Great tablecloth, too, BTW.

  5. This looks so comforting, Geni! I love this recipe, and photos are beautiful too!
    Congrats on your fairy hobmother’s visit..cool post!!!!

  6. Congratulations! The Fairy really gave it to you good 🙂 I’ve already been visited and got some dishes. Love that Hobmother!
    Your soup looks so good!

  7. Congrats on receiving a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, that’s so cool! I really really want a dslr camera eventually, so anything towards that would be swell 🙂

    Oh, and your fangs sure are scary!! 🙂

  8. I’m glad that wasn’t Rachel Ray who won because she probably has all the McCormick goods she needs. I love this recipe and I think cutting the cream, yes I actually am saying this, would work well because it’d let the tomatoes shine through. As for the Fairy Godmother. My practical side says I could use another 4-quart All-Clad pan. My Katherine side says I want an immersion blender.

  9. Well, if you say this is the best soup ever, I’m making it because honestly I still can’t stop thinking about your sweet potato soup. The way you described thinking about the tomato soup sitting in the fridge is exactly what happened to me with the leftover sweet potato soup. The thought of it still gets me drooling! You are making my salad/soup night delicious around here and that’s not something I ever thought I’d say about soup. As for the Hobmother, I’ve been wishing for a pasta maker, but now I’m leaning toward an immersion blender for all of these soups I’m whipping up. 😉

  10. How cute and creative!!!!!

  11. I sure picked a great time to check out your blog! I love Halloween-inspired dishes. I’ll be back, to be sure!

  12. Mmmm! I make a very similar soup, but add bacon to it and crumble bacon on top of it. Its also very good.

  13. I’m wishing for a vacation, but in the meantime, anything toward it would be great!

  14. My wish is for a giant chocolate stash!

  15. Love this soup – creative idea, and looks delicious too! 🙂

  16. We are a bit of tomato soup/grilled cheese connoisseurs (sp?) over here, so this is right up our alley. And I love the idea of the fangs – my boys would love it! Hmmmm, and if I had to make a wish this week, it would be for a new camera – so I can start working on getting better at my picture taking. 🙂

  17. Best presentation of the classic pairing that I’ve ever seen. Who needs it to be Halloween–the dripping fangs approach is just too funny and fun to be saved for only one time, if you ask me!

    I’m due in a couple of weeks for my vocal cord injections and we always joke afterwards that I’ve been to see the vampire (two needle holes in my neck), so maybe this is just the meal to follow my doctor’s appointment! Ha!

  18. The soup looks yummy! Congrats on being tagged by the fairy hobmother!

  19. Yay for being visited by the Fairy Hob Mother! Your house has everything – friendly dogs, BBQing hubby’s and now FAIRIES! That soup looks delicious, love the vamp theming.

    I don’t have a food processor so when I make soup I use my stick-blender to process and usually make quite a mess 🙂 my wish would be a few dollars towards my savings for a real food processor.

  20. This tomato soup looks very flavorful! Where is my spoon?

  21. I wish for…. a Sadie! Oh yeah!
    i like soup.

  22. Oh man. I love a real tomato soup more than anything, so this is going on my to-make list right now. I can’t wait! I love your Halloweeny kick to it with the sandwiches- cute! I’m with several others in that I could really use an immersion blender too!

  23. I love Heirloom tomatoes ~ I can’t wait to try this soup!! Congrats on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother!!

  24. What a perfect time for this soup- right between summer (tomato season!) and Fall (what I like to think of as soup season!)

    If I could have anything…I’d want a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker! Plus, the one I want is under $100, how perfect is that? Hehe. 😉 I’ve been hoping for one ever since we moved into our new house. Oh, the blog posts I could write about ice cream! Who doesn’t love ice cream?

  25. You are too adorable. I LOVE your fangs. I love halloween and haven’t had time to fully embrace it yet. Thank goodness you’re doing enough embracing for all of us! This soup looks so so good!

  26. Oh Geni you darling.. you cooked something for ME~! and I love chicken soup but mine is so dull. i have everything for it and shall make it tomorrow! woo hoo.. sorry.. c

  27. I found you on sportsgluttons page and just love your blog- creative recipes and beautiful pictures- I’m craving tomato soup now- YUM! 🙂

  28. Your soup sounds delicious! And your pics are great. Congrats to you!

  29. Congratulations Rachel on winning and the soup sounds delicious! Thanks Fairy Hobmother for making Sweet & Crumbly so happy today with the gift….

  30. Thank you to everyone for such wonderful comments! Don’t forget to make a wish so the Fairy Hobmother stops at your blog!

  31. I can’t eat tomato soup because of my allergies.. but this looks amazing. And I love the fangs. So cute. And I tried to find you on facebook

  32. This was the definitely the year that I became addicted to tomato soup and I’m always looking for my next variety to try. This.Is.it.

  33. I’m not a fan of tomato soup although I LOVE tomatoes. It’s probably because I’ve only tried the canned variety. Bad on me! I’m setting a goal for next week to make homemade tomato soup and I’ll get a bunch of tomatoes from my CSA. Do you think I can use all heirloom tomatoes?

    Your soup is so styling with all the Halloween accessories.

    Dear Fairy Hobmother, My wish is for a ceramic non-stick frying pan. I’ve seen some ones that have a white lining which I think looks so cool.

  34. Congrats on a visit from the Fairy Hobmother…lucky you!!!

    And I adore homemade tomato soup, but I still haven’t found the perfect recipe. Yours will be on my list to try…it sounds amazing! Especially served with vampire fangs…cute idea 🙂

  35. This soup looks delicious! I’ve had the Ina Garten recipe flagged to try since my friend, Donna, made it a couple weeks ago. She swears it is the best ever.

    Dearest Fairy Hobmother,
    My wish is for an enameled dutch oven. Le Creuset is pretty, but I’m not at all picky. This is at the top of my wish list right now.
    Have a fabulous day, lovely, lovely fairy,

  36. Ooo, lucky on that visit! So jealous! 🙂

    Your soup looks delicious, too! A good tomato soup during this time of year is pure LOVE.

  37. I wish I was invited to this party! Great recipe and what’s better than grilled cheese and tomato soup! Congrats on your visit!

  38. Congrats on the visit–I recently got one too, so exciting! Still deciding which kitchen gadget I want to buy. 🙂 This soup sounds fabulous, Geni. It would be even better if it weren’t 100 degrees here in LA…what’s going on!?

  39. Okay, now you have made me hungry! I was planning on skipping lunch today what with my enormous breakfast but now I won’t be able to do that 😉 I love the grilled cheese “fangs”! Too cute!

  40. Gah! I love tomato soup so much! That looks amazing. And, I’m totally digging the fangs. Awesome twist. =)

  41. Don’t you just love your immersion blender? I love, love, love mine!

  42. I have made pumpkin soup and mushroom soup but have not tried tomato soup…this would be my next soup to try:D Looks lovely!

  43. I promise to try your soup!

    And if only I had a new juicer, I would make tomato juice to go along with it. I know exactly which one I’d love.

  44. How fun, and I love soup!!! Yours looks delicious!! Thanks for the invite, I hope I win 🙂

  45. I actually just found some heirloom tomatoes at my grocery store – I was so happy, and I bet I’d love them in this soup!!

  46. Any fairy is great when she sprinkles her good luck fairy dust! Congrats! Anything would be fine for the kitchen at the moment, actually a kitchen of my own would be good!! I love tomato soup, pureed or chuncky, I love it! Have a great day! x

  47. Congratulations, dear Geni! This is so beautiful. You are very creative, first of all I loved your photographs and the decoration. Amazing. And second one, what a delicious soup! I love tomato soup but it is new for me your recipe, I want to taste it soon. Thank you, Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  48. Wow I might be the lucky one because this is my 2nd post I visited which talked about fairly hobmother! Congrats! I love how you styled this soup with all the halloween theme. The simple tomato soup stands out in the black background! Yummy… Have a great weekend!

  49. Tomatoe soup is one of my favorites. This recipe is by far the best. I had one bowl cold while the other was warming up in the microwave. It was great both ways. The seasoning was perfect. If the Fairy of Hobmother stops by I will put the money towards a professional mixer for someone special who has been wanting one for quite awhile.

  50. I love that you have merged the spirit of Halloween and a healthy soup. Just another way to get the little witches and ghouls to eat the vegetables …. 🙂

  51. Looks and sounds delicious! And a good hearty idea for a Halloween meal.

  52. Thats a great soup, love the flavours on that bowl. Great presentation too!

  53. Congratulations on winning Geni
    I love the soup and the whole halloween theme
    If I could make a wish it would be for a kitchen aid..It has been on my wish list forever..

  54. I’ll never and I do mean never turn down an heirloom tomato soup. I actually wish I had enjoyed this for dinner tonight. 😉

  55. Congrats on your win! Your soup looks so yummy! My wish — a kitchenaid mixer in beautiful red!

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  59. Hi Geni,

    I’ve made your Heirloom Tomato Soup recipe twice now, once for company and again last night. Campbell’s ain’t got nuthin’ on you girl! This is such a nice, flavorful soup. See you on Christmas Eve for caroling!


  60. Great ideas for Halloween! My wish would be for an electric mixer. I’m a beginning baker and I’m still missing some really helpful things.

  61. This looks soooooooo delicious. What is it about tomato soup and grilled cheese? This soup puts the “tomato” in tomato soup!

  62. i like this recipe; very good. Marina

  63. This sounds WONDERFUL! My husband and I love tomato soup and grilled cheese. I am going to have to try this soon! 🙂

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