I found this soup recipe in my Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook (love Nordstrom...best store ever)! I've made it before and it is terrific but I really wanted to lighten it up a bit.
For some reason, I thought I always followed recipes to the tee. However, since starting this blog, I now realize there are very few recipes that I follow to the tee. I like to change a little bit here and a little bit there. The recipes just give me a good base to work from. This Tomato-Basil Soup recipe was no exception. Even though the basic recipe is the same, I tweaked it here and there to my liking. Hope you like it too!
Summer Tomato and Basil Soup (serves 8-10)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 large leaves of fresh basil, chopped
3 cans (28 ounces each) San Marzano whole tomatoes in puree
14 ounces vegetable broth
1 cup of 2% milk
3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
Kosher salt (I used about 2-3 teaspoons)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons
In a 6-8 quart saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil and coat the bottom of the pan.
|Chop carrots and onions|
|Add chopped carrot & onion to pan|
|Add Chopped Basil|
|Saute until softened - 10-12 minutes|
|Add tomatoes including puree|
|Add Vegetable Broth and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend the flavors|
|Remove from the heat. Puree the soup in food processor working in batches.|
|Puree until smooth|
|Return pureed soup back to saucepan.|
|Add milk and heavy whipping cream and place over medium heat.|
Warm until heated through.
|Season with salt and pepper to your liking|
Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with remaining basil, and serve immediately!
I toasted some sliced, french bread, put a slice a camembert cheese on top (next time I will use Brie cheese) and melted it in the oven. Then I drizzled it with fresh, local honey and served alongside of the soup!
But in the meantime.....
I really liked the cans that the tomatoes were in....they looked old to me!
I went to a local flower shop and picked out some flowers that looked like wildflowers!
And I arranged them in the cans!
Nothing like fresh flowers to brighten a dreary day!
Not bad for a rainy Monday
Hope your Monday was a good one too!