Yes, we’re back with another fantastic soup recipe discovery! I love hot soup any time of the year, but a chilled soup is a delectable way to celebrate summer! And here in the Seattle area we cherish and appreciate our summers, because they’re typically quite short!
I had the pleasure of enjoying this soup at my cousin’s bridal shower earlier this month. It was the first course in a delightful luncheon honoring J, who is getting married later this fall on Catalina Island – a destination wedding! It will be absolutely glorious.
The shower was hosted by family friends of my aunt, uncle and cousins – I’ve heard great things about them over the years and it was wonderful finally meeting them in person! The two families get together often, and their big tradition is preparing a huge feast together every Christmas Eve – with friendly, dueling master chefs at work! Wow, I’d love to drop in on one of those gatherings…when chefs compete EVERYONE wins!
I am not sure where this recipe comes from, otherwise I would gladly provide the link. Here it is, straight up!
Cold Cream of Tomato and Peach Soup
Cook 1 chopped onion in 2 T butter for 5 minutes. Add 2 pounds of chopped tomatoes (recommend heirloom tomatoes at top of season), and 1/2 pound chopped, peeled peaches. Simmer until the tomatoes break up. Add 1/2 C chicken stock and 1/2 C cream. Puree and chill.
Garnish with fresh, chopped tarragon, a small slice of peach and a drizzle of cream.
NOTES: this is not a vegetarian soup given it uses chicken stock – this was understandably an issue for the woman sitting next to me at the shower who is vegan (both the stock and cream were no-no’s). I am not sure how vegetable stock would alter the flavor for vegetarians but it couldn’t hurt to try.
When I first heard this soup had peaches in it, I cringed a tiny bit. I don’t care for peaches at all – not even peach-flavored ice cream [a weird quirk of mine but that means more peaches for the rest of you to love]. But the combined flavors of the peaches with the tomatoes and the fresh tarragon garnish is fantastic.
Heaven in a bowl! Buon appetito!