Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"Easy" Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I have never posted a recipe before, but this is an easy favorite of mine. Cooler weather will hopefully be arriving soon and soup is great when it's cold outside.

"Easy" Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • 46 oz can of tomato juice
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream*
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter*
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (add this to suit your preference)
  • Fresh Basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
* This is what the original recipe calls for. I have only made it like this two times and it was, of course, delicious, but lets get real folks, how much milk-fat does one family need?! I usually substitute half-and-half for the cream and margarine for the butter. (I once tried it with fat-free half-and-half, but it was not very good. Fat-free is mostly corn syrup.)

1. Peel and seed the tomatoes. (There is a learning curve on peeling and seeding tomatoes, but once you get it, it's not a big deal. Here is an instructional video just in case.)

2. Simmer together tomatoes, tomato juice, butter and garlic for about an hour and a half. (I often throw this into the crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours. That way I don't have to monitor it and I can instead monitor the children!)

3. Remove heat and allow soup to cool. Put mixture into a blender, add 6-7 leaves of fresh basil and blend together. (This is where a hand-held blender comes in quiet handy. I use mine to blend the soup right in the cooking pot. You still should wait until it has cooled a bit because scalding hot soup splattered up your arm is not pleasant.)

4. Return soup to pot and add cream, simmer for an additional 30 minutes. (Again, you can put this together in a crockpot on low for about an hour and not have to worry about it.)

5. Serve and enjoy.

Looking over the recipe now, I realize that perhaps it is not as easy as I thought. Maybe I have just made it so many times that it seems to require little effort. Hopefully you will give it a try and let me know in the comments how it works out.

BTW - ALL of our kids, even our very pickiest eater, eat and enjoy this soup. I usually add crackers or bread to thicken-up our toddler's bowl. He isn't all that great at spooning liquids.


margi said...

Yum! I'll have to try this - most especially your crock-pot method. That sounds wonderful.

MaryF said...

I LOVE tomato soup.
I've got another recipe, if you want I'll give it to that might be smidge easier (Heck they just use tomatos in a can and you just blend 'em after everything cooks).
But you know, the good stuff always takes time (and I know this has got to be good!! LOL)

*sigh* I guess that's why we eat alot of Mrs. Pauls frozen fish....

If you have more recipes I'd be glad to share! :)

BookMomma said...

YUM!YUM! I'm filing this one away to try it out. I just canned 42 quarts of tomatoes so maybe I can use those... I'll have to find a way to de-seed it though.

Hey - we should do a monthly recurring recipe post! That would be fun!

BookMomma said...

I forgot to tell you - this soup turned out fantastic. I applied your tips to make it lower fat and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!