Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tomato and Basil Soup


I've made an incredible soup. Well actually I've been making this recipe for a couple of yrs. It's a favorite for my son Corey.  Who usually loves anything
I make!
once you try this you won't want to buy store bought soup again!

What you'll need for this recipe ~

1 28 oz can whole peeled organic Tomatoes
1 28 oz can diced organic Tomatoes
2 lrg onions. I know it seems like a lot but they will cook down some
3 cloves garlic
1 pkg organic fresh Basil
2 cups organic Vegetable broth or Chicken broth
Red chili flakes
salt and pepper

Chop and Saute the onions in a little Olive oil or Coconut Oil for 5-7 mins until they become translucent and soft. I used Coconut oil. It's just so good for you!
add  in chopped or smashed garlic cloves. You really don't need to chop up the garlic or onions to small you will end up blending them up with the tomatoes in the blender. Make sure you season every layer of the soup.. something I learned from Giada!! so a good couple pinches of sea salt and a crank or two on the pepper mill. Saute for a 2-3 more mins. Add in Both cans of Tomatoes with juice and chicken broth. Add in a couple of sprinkles of red pepper flakes and let simmer for at least 30 mins or longer. The longer it simmers the more flavor it will have.

This is where it gets a bit messy, unless you have an immersion blender. Oh boy do I want one of those! Take by ladel fulls and carefully, it will be hot put in your blender, make sure you take out the little piece in the lid to let some of the heat escape when you turn it on, but use a towel to place over the top of the blender lid so keep it sealed. blend about 1/2 a blender full at a time and place in a bowl, once all the soup has been blended you will transfer it back into the soup pot.


 At this point you can chop up your fresh basil and put it in the pot, taste the soup and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for a while longer to infuse the basil flavor. This is a good time to make garlic bread, grilled cheese or salad.  I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do!

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