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Ingredients

 ¼ cup butter
 10 thyme spriggs, tied together
 1 onion, thinly sliced
 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
 ¼ cup tomato paste
 800 g whole tomatoes
 8 cups water
 2 tsp sugar
 ¼ cup heavy cream

Method

1

Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add thyme, onion, and garlic. Cook until onion is completely soft and translucent, 10–12 minutes.

2

Increase heat to medium-high; add tomato paste. Continue cooking, stirring often, until paste has begun to caramelize in spots, 5–6 minutes.

3

Add tomatoes with juices, 1 tsp. sugar, and 4 cups water to pot. Increase heat to high; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until flavors meld and soup reduces to about 8 cups, 45–55 minutes.

4

Remove soup from heat; let cool slightly. Discard thyme sprigs. Working in small batches, purée soup in a blender until smooth. Return to pot.

5

Stir in ¼ cup cream. Simmer soup until flavors meld, 10–15 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and remaining 1 tsp. sugar. Add more cream, if desired.

Ingredients

 ¼ cup butter
 10 thyme spriggs, tied together
 1 onion, thinly sliced
 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
 ¼ cup tomato paste
 800 g whole tomatoes
 8 cups water
 2 tsp sugar
 ¼ cup heavy cream

Directions

1

Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add thyme, onion, and garlic. Cook until onion is completely soft and translucent, 10–12 minutes.

2

Increase heat to medium-high; add tomato paste. Continue cooking, stirring often, until paste has begun to caramelize in spots, 5–6 minutes.

3

Add tomatoes with juices, 1 tsp. sugar, and 4 cups water to pot. Increase heat to high; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until flavors meld and soup reduces to about 8 cups, 45–55 minutes.

4

Remove soup from heat; let cool slightly. Discard thyme sprigs. Working in small batches, purée soup in a blender until smooth. Return to pot.

5

Stir in ¼ cup cream. Simmer soup until flavors meld, 10–15 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and remaining 1 tsp. sugar. Add more cream, if desired.

Creamy Tomato Soup