Fresh Tomato-Basil Soup

This recipe is freely inspired by and largely borrowed from Going Green Mama’s Fresh Tomato Soup recipe.  My dancing taste buds are eternally grateful.

Fresh Tomato-Basil Soup

  • Slip fresh tomatoes into boiling water for about 2 minutes, then remove and dunk quickly into a sink-full of ice water to stop cooking. The peels will slide right off. (Note: the original recipe doesn’t require peeling the tomatoes; I just wanted my end result a little chunkier, and so I didn’t want to blend it quite as much.)
  • Core the tomatoes and cut up into pieces, till you have about 8 cups of tomatoes and juice.
  • In a little oil in your soup pan, saute A Whole Bunch of Garlic and a large chopped white onion till golden and translucent.  Add half a cup or so red wine.
  • Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a slow simmer. Pulse with a hand blender till it’s about the consistency you want.
  • Add 1-2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and maybe 1 tsp oregano if you want. Also optional is 1/2 tsp thyme and/or a bay leaf or two. (Make sure you do all your pulsing before you add the bay leaves–you don’t want pulverized bay chunks in your soup!)
  • Let simmer about an hour or until it tastes nearly “right.”
  • Near the end: add 2-3 tbs. prepared pesto sauce or fresh chopped basil (or more, of either one–I don’t know in the end how much I added).
  • Immediately before serving, if desired, drizzle in 1/2 cup cream or half and half. Or more. Or less. I also added just a touch more wine.

(Don’t you love these really unscientific recipes?)

In the original recipe, it was supposed to be fresh pasta sauce that ended up as tomato soup. That’s a lot like what this is–the rich flavors of good red sauce, but in a soup.



Posted on November 20, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Next time…can you skip the step and not peel the tomatoes? I used my hand blender instead with great results! Just a thought

  2. Yeah, Robbie, I just wanted it to be a little chunkier and without the skin bits in it. If I were totally pulverizing it, I would have skipped the peeling…

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