Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spicy Basil Tomato Soup

Soup weather has arrived.  Nothing takes the chill off a fall day like a nice bowl of Tomato Soup.  Pair this delicious soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and you have one tasty and satisfying meal.

Tomato Soup is easy to make and very budget friendly.  I use canned plum tomatoes with basil added, butter, onions, some vegetable broth, garlic, some brown sugar,  seasoning and a half slice of white bread.    I cooked all of the ingredient together in a heavy bottom saucepan for about 10 minutes.   I let the soup cool and then removed the bay leaf and processed in a blender.  I reheated the soup, tasted, and added some more salt and pepper.  Ladled the soup into some bowls and topped with fresh basil ribbons.  That's all there is to making this creamy  soup. 
Make yourself some and enjoy a cup:)

Note:  If you cannot find plum tomatoes with basil just add a fresh sprig of basil to the soup. 

Spicy Basil Tomato Soup

1/2 slice white sandwich bread
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, mined
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled plum tomatoes with basil
1 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil cut into ribbons or torn

1. Tear the 1/2 slice of bread into 1-inch pieces and set aside.  Melt the butter in a heavy bottom saucepan  over medium-low heat.  Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf,  and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Cook until the onion is soft - about 5 minutes.  
2. Add the pepper flakes, the tomatoes and their juice, broth, sugar, and bread pieces to the sauce pan.  Break up the tomatoes and stir.   Cook the soup for about 10 minutes or until the bread pieces break down.
3. Remove the bay leaf.  Turn off the heat and let the soup cool.  Once cooled process the soup in small batches in a blender.  
4. Pour the soup back into the saucepan and reheat.  Taste and season if necessary with salt and pepper.  
5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fresh basil ribbons or torn basil leaves.  Serve.

Makes 4 servings


1 comment:

  1. I love soups! This seems like a perfectly warming and tasty soup.