Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tomato Basil Soup



We have been turning to soup a lot lately since we've been experiencing single digit temperatures. I found this recipe a while back at The Food Network Kitchens and thought the flavors would be intriguing and we were not disappointed. I did tweak it just a tad.

Try this one evening, it will warm up your tummy and put a big smile on your face. This soup is so velvety, it will surely bring joy to your taste buds!




1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup of heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil, thinly sliced

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to form a light roux. Pour in the can of tomatoes, the stock and the cream. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until soup is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the basil.


Use and immersion blender, blend until smooth. Garnish with a dollop of low-fat sour cream and croutons. Serve immediately.


22 comments:

Andrea said...

Sound delicious...I've been on a soup kick lately too....all this cold weather! :)

April said...

This sounds fantastic, and low calorie too! I believe this will make it on the dinner menu for one night!

Susan D said...

That sounds delicious and easy. I'm pretty sure I have everything on hand to make it too. Thanks so much. Blessings, Susan

Cheryl said...

My gosh that looks good, that is my all time favorite soup!

Marjie said...

Tomato soup is the best for a cold day!

Cathy said...

This looks fabulous! I got an immersion blender for Christmas, and I've been on the hunt for great soup recipes that will let me put it to good use. This sounds like a great one; in fact, I am going to print it out right now!

Elra said...

I am so embarrass to admit that I never made tomato soup. Not that I don't like it, it just always forget to include it in my cooking. It will be nice to try it one day. I know I am going to like this because I really like basil.
Cheers,
Elra

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds perfect for this cold weather!

Aggie said...

I love tomato basil soup...it's just perfect. Am bookmarking this recipe to try! Looks delicious Katherine!

Gladys said...

I love this soup. I make it almost exactly like this and I garnish it with sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and a dollop of sour cream.

gigi said...

I've been on a soup kick too. I made a really good black bean soup Monday night. I've got every thing to make this except the fresh basil leaves. I guess that the dried ones wouldn't work or taste as well!

How did the soccer try outs go for the girls?

Reeni♥ said...

I've been craving soups and stews lately too. This looks yummy and so comforting!!

TavoLini said...

This is totally up my alley! Tomato basil soup, tomato zucchini soup, tomato rice soup--I adore all things tomato!

I will have to try this soon!

Pam said...

I love tomato soup - yours looks really tasty. I love the croutons on top.

Debbie said...

Oh that looks so good! Perfect for this cold weather...

Carol said...

I made Tomato soup yesterday to try and shake the chill.....
I no doubt this would have been better than what I made. What's that saying? Oh Yes, a day late and a dollar short!

Greg C said...

May I add a drop or two of hot sauce to that recipe? I like spicy tomato soup.

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks like just the dish to warm you up!

Maria said...

This soup is an all time favorite for me! Nice job!!

Bridgett said...

I seriously could eat soup for dinner each night. This looks decadent.

Paula said...

Mmmm ... I'd like a bowl of this and a grilled cheese sandwich, please. Oh, and I'll have some of those roasted chick peas you posted about, too! YUM!

Peter M said...

If it's cold, damn right it's soup everyday! Tomato & basil are a natural.