A group of us went out to dinner at a place called The Kitchen, a recommendation from a friend who recently visited Boulder. The service wasn't so hot, and they had a disappointingly small number of local wines on the menus, but the food and the ambiance were outstanding. Especially good was the tomato soup that our 7-year old dinner companion ordered. You wouldn't think tomato soup would be so remarkable, but she shared it with everyone at the table and we all raved and tried to guess the secret. If you instinctively guess "butter" for the ingredient that makes everything better, you win--to my great surprise. I thought the soup was made of fresh tomatoes and olive oil, but I was totally wrong.
The waiter was kind enough to ask the chef to give me the recipe.
The Kitchen's Tomato Soup
1 can quality tomatoes (the chef used organic tomatoes from California canned with basil)
2 medium onions
Salt & Peper
Sweat down the chopped onions in butter. Combine with the canned tomatoes and cook over low heat. Finish with cream and blend in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I'm looking forward to making this with both canned and fresh roasted tomatoes to see if there's a difference. I'll report back. : )