May 1, 2012

Dreamy Tomato Basil Soup

There was a french restaurant down the road from me that served the most scrumptious tomato basil soup. It was bursting with flavor and oh so creamy . . . nay, dreamy!

Needless to say, I was distraught when the restaurant closed down. After many attempts to replicate this soup, I finally┬ástruck gold! It doesn’t taste exactly the same, but I think it might be a little better! And the icing on the cake (crouton on the soup?) is that it’s easy peazy.

Aside from one large can of tomatoes, and a bit of half and half these are the only other ingredients you will need:

 

Dreamy Tomato Basil Soup

Servings: 4

1 cup thinly sliced onion
2 large garlic cloves sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 large (1lb 12oz) can whole tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
2 whole cloves
1 handful chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4-1/2 cup half and half

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic in the butter for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes (with their juice), bay leaf, brown sugar, cloves, basil, salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the cloves and bay leaf (it takes a couple minutes to find them but don’t give up!).
  • Puree the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth.┬áTaste and add more salt as needed (the amount of salt in canned tomatoes can vary by brand).
  • Add half and half and heat through.
  • Serve with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich. I love using havarti with dill — try it, it might change your life.

 

Enjoy!

~Christine

 


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