Sopita de Jitomate (Tomato Soup)

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Tomatoes are originally from Mexico and other  South American countries where Mayans and Aztecs domesticated and used them in their cuisine. The word Tomatoes, comes from the Nahuatl ‘tomatl’ (swollen fruit) which I am not surprised to learn; those really juicy and red “fruits” botanically speaking or “vegetables” culinary speaking, do look swollen.

Today, we can find these succulent jewels not only in the base of Mexican cuisine, but in cuisines from all over the world.

In Mexico, we have 2 kinds of tomatoes; green and red tomatoes. These 2 varieties help us create, in my opinion, the best salsas picantes the world has ever tasted.

I think that tomatoes are given for granted, so today, I have used red plum tomatoes as the main stars of this exquisite and warm-your-heart soup that will surely remind you just how good they are.

Ingredients:

(Serves 6)

  • 8 ripe red plum tomatoes
  • 4 celery stalks (Cut in chunks)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lime

Directions:

In a deep pan over medium heat,  sauté the tomatoes and celery with butter for 5 mins, put the lid on, and cook for a further 15 mins over medium heat. Transfer to a food processor and liquefy with the chicken stock.

Strain the tomato puree and pour back into the deep pan. Bring the soup back to medium low heat and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a separate bowl, mix the avocado and lemon juice using a fork to get a guacamole consistency.

Serve hot and top with a dollop of avocado mixture and coriander.

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