For four generations, Portlanders have enjoyed Elephants Delicatessen’s Tomato Orange Soup. People claim it has magical healing powers or that even a taste of it brings back childhood memories. It just tastes like Portland for generations of folks. If you search for the soup on the Internet, you will see that Elephants published the recipe years ago—and you will also find dozens of soup photos! People love to add their own flair and make the original recipe their own. (Try making a vegan version with coconut milk!)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a saucepan, melt butter then add onion and sauté until translucent. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, baking soda, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Purée in a food processor or blender, then strain through a sieve or food mill. Return to saucepan and stir in orange juice.
At this point, the soup can be refrigerated until ready to serve. At serving time, add the cream and heat gently, stirring constantly, bringing to a simmer and adjust seasonings if necessary. Extra cream may be drizzled on top of the soup immediately before serving for decorative effect.
Find this and other soup recipes on their blog.
Three cheers for 40 years!
Elephants Delicatessen has proudly served warm hospitality and great local foods from scratch to Portlanders for nearly 40 years. “We could not have achieved this milestone without the support of our employees, customers, vendors, and partners like Chinook Book. Thank you for the support and friendship that you have given us over these many years!”
When Elephants Delicatessen was founded in 1979, there were no specialty food stores in Portland—in fact, there were very few in the whole country. They were the first to offer Portlanders fresh pasta, pesto sauce, chocolate truffles, cheeses from around the world, fresh-squeezed orange juice, homemade bread, and fresh, ready-to-go food at their deli counter. Portlanders have a lot of dining options these days, so the opportunity to serve their community is not something they take for granted. They’re grateful for the relationships they have with their customers, and the trust they have placed in Elephants for generations. “Looking ahead, we will strive to be a positive force for the food industry. We’ll look to the ethos and values that have sustained us to provide the energy and inspiration to propel us forward.”
2019 Soup Calendar
They know you love their classics—Tomato Orange and Mama Leone’s—but make 2019 the year of soup, and check out their monthly specials. There are two every month, all made daily in their kitchen with fresh vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and legumes. This is where you will find most of their vegan and wheat-free soups, as well. Many of them only appear in their stores once a year, so make sure to catch your new favorite before it’s gone!