It feels like Fall today (even by WI standards…. ). It was one of those perfect days in ATX, cool & rainy. So often we see sunny hot days~ and it’s nice to have a break from the heat~ however short it may be! (It’s suppose to be in the 90s this weekend again…bleh)
I’ve really been in the mood for soup lately~ and this is one of my absolute favorites. Probably second to chili (northern chili, not Texas chili) with southern style corn bread. But of course, this soup is quite a bit healthier than your standard chili.
I actually got this crecipe out of a book called “Inter Courses” that we were given for our wedding. I’ve adapted the recipe a bit to make it healthier than the original version. 🙂
- approx 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 lbs vine rippened tomatoes ~ I’ve tried other kinds & these are the best (sweetest with the most flavor)
- 2 large vidalia onions
- 1/2 head of garlic cloves, de-skinned, and minced
- 1 can 16 oz tomato sauce
- 2 cans 16 oz each chicken broth, stock, (or water w/chicken bouillon cubes, this is usually what I do)
- 3/4 half & half (or cream if you prefer)
- 1 bunch fresh basil divided, julienned
Rough chop the onions. Mince the garlic. Add the onions, garlic & olive oil to a large stock pot. Saute for a few minutes over medium/low heat until tender. Rough chop the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes to the pot, seeds, skins & all. Cook over medium heat for approx 10-15 minutes stiring occasionally to help the tomatoes break down. Add the tomato sauce, broth, half & half, and 1/2 of the bunch of basil. Simmer for 30 mins.
Then, use an immersion blender to blend up all of the ingredients till smooth (SO worth the investment if you don’t have one… I think they’re like $50). If you don’t have this type of blender, then you can transfer the mixture to a regular blender & process there.
Just before serving, stir in the rest of the fresh basil. Serve with crusty bread OR my favorite, grilled cheese sandwiches with avocado YUM!!! & enjoy!
ps. that’s dill on top right now, ran out of fresh basil before I took this pic! So the dill made for a good effect.