Break away from the can friends, this amazing soup is our #1 most requested recipe here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. It is an absolutely irresistible soup… interesting enough to make for company but comforting and homey at the same time.
Tomato Cognac Soup
2 large onion
12 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon dried basil
1 qt heavy cream
4 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ cup Cognac
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley or chives or hot croutons, for garnish
Chop the onion and sauté in butter for 5 minutes, until soft but not brown. Squash the tomatoes, then add them and their liquid to the onion. Add the basil, and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly. Puree in a food processor and reheat.
In a small saucepan, heat the cream with the sugar, whisking often. Pour into the tomatoes. Heat the soup but do not boil.
Add the Cognac and salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives or fresh hot croutons.