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I debated what to call this soup. For many reasons. But finally settled on the best creamy tomato soup.
Is it the best creamy tomato soup? Maybe, maybe not. But it was delicious and reminds me of a fun time in the past.
A few years back, my husband, a friend, and I went to Germany, Austria, and Italy. The Germany part of the trip was short, but during that time we stumbled upon a tiny spa/cafe for a late-night meal. It was vegan I think, and not at all what you would conjure up if you were trying to imagine eating at a restaurant in Germany. But we were hungry and it was there.
We each ordered tomato soup, and I don’t remember what else. But of the entire trip — and I’m including four cities in Italy — this is the meal that we all three remember the most.
Which is weird, because I don’t really even remember every detail about the soup. I mean, it was tomato soup, but it was the topping that was what made it so good. It was a combination of nuts, seeds, and herbs, and was savory, salty, and delicious. And unlike a lot of times when you get soup with some garnishes, you get a tiny garnish, but this was clearly the star of this soup because it was a nice amount to contrast to the super smooth and velvety soup.
I’m sad to say that the restaurant is now closed, but I recreated this soup as best I could. I started with a creamy, velvety soup. It’s definitely not vegan by the way but is quite delicious. Thanks in part to good quality canned tomatoes, but also three hits of umami flavor from fish sauce, Worcestershire, and soy sauce. It may sound strange, but I promise it’s good.
The topping I experimented with a bit, and again this is probably not at all what I had in Germany. But it’s good in the same way, so I will count it as a win. A combination of sunflower and sesame seeds, pepitas, almonds, chopped herbs, lemon, coarse salt, and smashed croutons. A hint of heat if you’re feeling it, but you can certainly leave that out. Eat this with your favorite crusty bread, or grilled cheese, and you’ve got a perfect meal for one of the first chilly nights of the year.
The Best Creamy Tomato Soup with Crunchy Nut Topping
The best creamy tomato soup is rich and velvety smooth, with a unique crunchy topping made of nuts, seeds, herbs, and bread crumbs. Perfect for a chilly fall night.