Feb 14, 2010

1, 2, 3 Tomato Basil Soup



I love this recipe for tomato soup because it is so simple and it tastes so good. The original can be found here on Allrecipes, but I have modfied it just a little. Instead of heavy cream - which believe me is sooooo good in it - I used half and half. It still turned out delicious and the whole family enjoyed it. If you can open a can, you can make this simple dish.

2 Large 28 oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes
1 small can of chicken broth (or 2 cups)
8 - 10 Large Leaves Fresh Basil, or 1 tsp dried basil
1 Cup heavy cream, half and half, Evaporated Milk or Regular Milk (in order of calories)
1 Tbsp Butter or Margerine
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sugar
*2 cloves Roasted Garlic, or fresh

In a large pot, bring tomatoes, chicken broth, basil leaves, and roasted garlic if desired, to a simmer. Let simmer covered for 10 minutes.  Add half and half or cream, butter, sugar, pepper.  Using an imersion blender or regular blender puree soup until creamy. Serve hot with grilled swiss cheese sandwiches for a delightfully easy dinner or lunch.
TIPS

Dried basil can be substituted, but fresh gives it more depth of flavor. During the summer months when basil is in season, place clean leaves in ziploc bags and freeze to use during winter months. Just pull out frozen leaves and use in recipes which call for fresh.

If you like it hot, add a pinch or two of hot pepper flakes when simmering tomatoes, basil and chicken broth.

*To roast garlic, cut off a small slice of the top of a garlic bulb. Place garlic bulb into a small baking dish or piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast covered tightly with foil for 30 minutes @ 350*. When cooled, squeeze garlic into a glass jar or container; store in refrigerater for a few months and use as needed to make pasta sauce, hummus, garlic bread, and more.

**To make chicken stock, place chicken bones, celery onion and carrot scraps, garlic cloves, whole pepper corns, and pinch salt in large stock pot. Simmer 1 hour or longer if desired. Freeze into 2 cup serving sizes to use in recipes.

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6 comments :

  1. Great recipe My lil guy loved it ! The only thing he has had seconds of ! My lil guys a picky toddler. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. So glad you liked it! It is one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It made my day :)

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  2. I got home from work late, realized I didn't have any canned tomato soup and you saved me! Nothing fancy, no chunks (which is the test of a good soup to my teenagers) and fast. Grilled cheese and soup fort dinner after all. Thank you!

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    1. Thats great Patricia! I am glad you like it :)

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  3. The first night home from the hospital after I had my baby we made this soup and some grilled cheese sandwiches. It was delicious and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for this easy and yummy recipe!

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  4. First night home from the hospital after I had my baby and we made this soup for dinner. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe!

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