French Tomato Soup with Gruyere (Vegetarian)

This is the second post in our soup recipe series for September from Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

vegetarian french tomato soup

French Tomato Soup with Gruyere (vegetarian)

6 servings
1 tbs butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tbs fresh thyme
12 fresh ripe tomatoes
2 tbs tomato paste
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt, pepper to taste
Gruyere cheese, 6 slices
Crunchy french bread, 6 slices toasted

vegetarian french tomato soup with gruyere

Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until completely soft and translucent, 8 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high, add tomato paste. Continue cooking, stirring often, until paste has begun to caramelize in spots, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes with juices, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, salt and pepper, and 4 cups water to pot. Increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until flavors meld and soup reduces by 1/3rd. Remove soup from heat and using a stick blender, or in small batches in a conventional blender, puree until very smooth. Taste and season with any additional salt and pepper.

To serve, top soup with a slice of crunchy french bread and slice of cheese. In an oven safe bowl, broil under high heat until cheese is browned and bubbling.

vegetarian french tomato soup

vegetarian french tomato soup

Check out Jill’s blog, a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

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  1. The recipe sounds delicious, one problem though … It’s missing some steps it seems? ie how long to yo boil it for?

  2. Mmm, does that look yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe out for myself! I always love the ones you ladies post here on the blog. I’m especially a fan of the grilled cheese, and the heirloom tomato and avocado salad you recently posted!

    xo Kailee Anne
    spirit x annimal

  3. What app do you use to edit these pictures? (As cliché as it is, I swoon everytime I find myself on this blog.)

  4. This looks AMAZINGG!!! I’m totally making this tonight! One thing…do you take the skin off the fresh tomatoes at all? I’ve made home made tomato soup before and I think that’s how it went…but I could be wrong. Thanks! :)

  5. Wow, it’s so yummy and delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe myself. I am extremely a big fan of grilled tomato soup. Good job Julia and thanks for sharing my favourite recipe.

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