Clear Tomato Soup – Tomato Consommé

This recipe for tomato soup uses a magical method of clarifying soup using egg whites.

A cup of tomato consommé.

Clear Tomato Soup

This recipe for tomato soup uses a magical method of clarifying soup using egg whites.
4.27 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 3 hours
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 262 kcal


  • dutch oven
  • saucepan
  • fine-meshed strainer
  • paper towels


  • 1 fennel medium bulb, coarsely chopped
  • 2 onions medium , coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 5 lbs. plum tomatoes ~10-12 quartered
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/2 C. crushed ice
  • 1/4 C. fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp. fresh tarragon chopped


  • In a large dutch oven, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the fennel, onions, and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and translucent.
  • Into a blender add the tomato quarters and blend until smooth.
  • Add salt to the fennel and onion mixture. Stir well and add the tomato puree. Bring up to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Into a fine-meshed strainer resting in a large bowl, add the cooked soup and strain out the vegetables. Gently press to get every last drop of broth. .
  • Cool the broth to room temperature and then refrigerate until cool.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add 4 egg whites, parsley, tarragon, basil and ice. Whisk until frothy.
  • Pour the cooled broth into a saucepan. Add the whisked egg whites. Bring the soup and egg mixture slowly to boil.
  • Use a spoon to create an opening in the egg white raft to allow the broth to bubble through. Reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Line a mesh strainer with a double layer of paper towels. Ladle the soup into the strainer to separate the solids from the consommé. Serve warm or cold.


In the recipe video I made a half batch. 
This recipe was adapted from Epicurious. 


Calories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 15gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 890mgPotassium: 2002mgFiber: 11gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 6600IUVitamin C: 112mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 5mg
Keyword clear, consommé, soup, tomato, tomato soup
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2 thoughts on “Clear Tomato Soup – Tomato Consommé”

  1. 4 stars
    I served this with a quenelle of sundried tomato sorbet.
    Delicious and surprising.
    Next time I might a bit of chilli to the soup.

  2. 1 star
    too much time to make and it cost about $25.00 and yields 2 qts. of
    broth soup, a lot of waste tomato pulp onions and fennel, never again.

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