Old-fashioned tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Our version, which calls for canned San Marzano tomatoes and a quick purée with an immersion blender, is easy, too: It requires a small amount of patience but delivers an enormously soothing payoff. Garnish with crunchy, delicious Basic Croutons. Needless to say, great tomato soup cries out for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
What to buy: San Marzanos are a plum tomato variety with thick flesh, relatively few seeds, and a sweeter, less acidic flavor than other tomato varieties. Canned San Marzanos imported from Italy have consistently good flavor. They’re widely available at supermarkets and Italian groceries.