Monday, January 10, 2011

Curried Tomato And Apple Soup

When I eat soup I sometimes think of something that Henry Rollins wrote. It went a little like this: "A man all by himself in a crappy apartment, standing over the kitchen sink, eating soup from a can. That kind of life takes more guts than I will ever have."

     Soup is hardcore. It's also a meal in a bowl, hence my love for it. 

Curried Tomato And Apple Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil (see notes)
1 cup chopped onions.
1 cup chopped, peeled green apples.
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1. Heat oil in pot or large saucepan.  Add onions and apples and cook over low heat until soft, about 5-10 minutes.

2. Stir in curry power, coriander, ginger, cardamom and turmeric until onions and apples are evenly coated.

3. Stir in tomatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes. (see notes)

4. Stir in brown sugar, salt and pepper.

5. Working in 1-2 cup batches, puree the soup. If possible, serve with naan.


Because I was sweating the onions and apple over low heat, I used olive oil, which has a relatively low smoke point. To add additional flavor profiles, I even went with an infused olive oil. Specifically, I used a blood orange oil oil.

With Thomas Keller in mind, I occasionally skim the reddish-orange foam from the soup.


  1. Hey Christian,

    How do you do your infusions?

    Have you tried this method?

  2. Num num num. Saw this on your other site. Very interesting formula.

    Tim ordered me a big box of hot sauces that arrived today. I took some pictures, will blog about it during the week. It's a big box of toys.

    Did you ever get those specialty ingredients you wanted? I'm thinking about a run to Wegmans soon. Still have to get stuff for me Red Shirt gingerbread men.

  3. bio: Whoa! That's a hell of a technique! I just bought some blood orange olive oil, but that cool gadget in the link may be in my future.

    whisk: Can't wait to see the blog entry! I haven't gone shopping yet, but I think venison medallions are in my future!

  4. Wow. This sounds really good!

  5. Thanks! I'm kind of a sucker for tomato soup...and soup in general!

  6. Never had venison that I know of, I look forward to your post, as well. So much fun, this thing called cooking.

    Tonight we did Pizza Hut. Tim got pepperoni and I got the medium veggie thin crust - just so I could use some of my hot peppers and sauce. It was goooood, too. Num num num.

    Headed to bed. Have a great one, Christian. Happy Cooking.

  7. Got your message. 75 degrees. You're killing me.

    I never had pork shoulder. Man, so many foods yet to try. I look forward to hearing about your next meal.

    We did pizza tonight. Veggie thin crust again for me, and pepperoni stuffed crust for Tim. Was good.

    Enjoy your meal tomorrow.