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Monday, May 16, 2011

Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Whatever the season, I like to include soup among the dishes I serve for brunch. Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's cold, but it's always there and served in clear glass mugs. That means chunky soups are out and clear or cream soups are the order of the day. For the brunch today, I settled on an old favorite that many of you are already familiar with. Three or four years ago, Nordstrom's tomato soup was wildly popular with food bloggers. I tried the soup at that time and really like it. It's had a place on my table ever since. It's fast and easy to make and it really is delicious. The original recipe made enough soup to feed a platoon, so I've cut way back on the ingredients to produce a quantity better suited to the needs of today's smaller families. I know those of you who try this recipe will love it, but I have some suggestions to offer before you actually begin to make the soup. Use the best ingredients you can get your hands on. That means a really fruity and fragrant olive oil and San Marzano plum tomatoes, if they are available in your area. Resist the urge to replace the heavy cream with a lighter dairy product. The cream is what sets this apart from a standard cream of tomato soup and this is a case where going large really makes a difference. If you're watching calories, and I always am, opt for a cup rather than a bowl of the soup to help keep the scales in balance. If you use a processor to chop the vegetables, you can have this ready to cook in ten minutes. You can have it on the table withing an hour. If you are preparing the soup for a company meal, it can be made well ahead of time. Simply omit the cream and add it at the time you reheat the soup for serving. My recipe will feed four to six people, but it can be doubled or tripled if you are expecting a gang. Here's the recipe.

Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Nordstrom's Cafe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
Pinch of sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 (28-oz.) can whole Italian tomatoes in puree
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves

Directions:
1) Warm oil in a 4 to 5 quart saucepan set over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, sugar and dried basil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Add broth and tomatoes with puree and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend flavors.
2) Remove from heat. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade. An immersion blender may also be used. Return pureed soup to saucepan, add cream and place over medium heat. Warm until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into a warmed soup tureen or individual bowls, garnish with the basil leaves and serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.








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89 comments:

spontaneous-euphoria said...

I absolutely looove cream of tomato soup with basil. I make another version of this and it is something I prepare everytime I have guests over. It's filling and simple and easy.

And I agree with you- no chunky soups!

Mamatkamal said...

What a treat! I love cream tomato soup but never tried it with dried basil. This colour is so inviting and refreshing! Have a great day Mary and thanks for sharing.
Cheers

Paul and Kilby said...

I have a bumper crop of gorgeous basil, but the only way to get heavy cream is to pay through the nose for a sickeningly small amount of it imported from Belgium. Ugandans have no idea how to deal with dairy products! What can I substitute for cream? Would plain whole milk work somehow?

Mandy said...

Fantastic!
I can't stop my mouth from salivating....

Su said...

For me, tomato soup is allways a winner.
This version of yours sounds delicious ;)

Hovkonditorn said...

Tomato and basil, what a great combo!

pigpigscorner said...

I cook a lot of soups for lunch, it's simple, healthy and filling!

Lenia said...

It looks just perfect!So simple, refreshing and aromatic!I love the combination of tomato and basil!Have a nice week,dear!

The Words Crafter said...

This sounds delicious and I can actually have it! (Low sodium diet)

Rita said...

Tomatoes and basil are a match made in heaven; your soup is a must try as soon as our basil can be planted and producing.
Rita

Alessandra said...

Lovely soup, a bit like an Italian passato di verdure, since it has so many veggies in it :-). And of course the basil is a winner!

Have a good week

ciao
Alessandra

meeshiesmom said...

Mary-
This soup looks so good. The weather here has been crazy, 90's for a few days and now in the 50's. Can't wait to make this.

Jenna Lee said...

That look amazing! But that pizza below won my heart! Its most def right up my alley!

safire said...

This is my sister's favorite soup! I'll have to direct her to this entry!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yuuuummmmmmm.... Tomato Basil is one of my favorites! blessings ~ tanna

Duxa said...

Hi Mary, what a great soup, it looks perfect!
Have a nice day,
kisses:)

Allison said...

This is a soup my whole family will love. I adore soup and love the idea of having it as a brunch option in mugs.

Kim said...

I do too always enjoy soup. Tomato soup is one of my favorite espacially with some basil add to it. Have a good day Mary!

bellini said...

I love a good reliable tomato soup recipe Mary!

Ana Rita said...

Such lovelly colours Mary!!!Loved the photo...
Kiss
Rita

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

One of my favorite versions of Tomato Soup! I've made it at home but love it for lunch at Nordstrom's Cafe even better when I am schlepping tons of shopping bags :)

elle marie said...

This soup makes me want to go (or run) and make a grilled cheese sandwich! You are brining back memories now! Cold winter day, dunking crispy toast into a warm creamy soup!

Reva said...

Wonderfully warm soup... The colour and the addition of basil makes it so heart-warming:)
Reva

Clint said...

Yes, Mary! This is another winner. Creamy and smooth and tomatoey.....ummmm.

Kat said...

Mary, this looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for posting.

The Cafe Sucre Farine said...

I'm always on the look out for a yummy new tomato basil soup! Seems I just can't have enough of this delicious flavor combination. Yours looks awesome!

Claudia said...

Oh yes - the San Marzano tomatoes would just elevate this soup. And while I often substitute cream - sometimes you just don't. As in this case.

Pondside said...

Tomato soup is the original comfort food!

Linda Starr said...

That soup look luscious particularly in that bowl. yummy.

Young Adventures... said...

I have tried a couple of homemade soups and most of the family has enjoyed them, but Ian is not a huge fan. I think he may like your version though, and I can't wait to try it! Katie loves taking soup to school, and this would be perfect for lunch. Thanks for the recipe Mary! Have a wonderful week.

Southerncook said...

This sounds so very good and I have made my copy. I think this may appear on my dinner menu sometime this week since we are experiencing some cooler temperatures right now. Pared with a salad and it will be a light dinner. Looking forward to trying this recipe especially since I have lots of fresh basil in my garden right now.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

PeggyR said...

WOW this sounds wonderful and since we are having cold weather it would be perfect!

Faith said...

A nice cream of tomato soup always hits the spot for me, any day, any time. This looks comforting and so delicious, Mary.

Priya said...

Love basil leaves in soup,wonderful bowl of delicious soup..

Guvi said...

Your tomato soup reminded me of the one I usually make, but with I roast the veggies instead of boiling them. The presentation is, as always, flawless. Have a wonderful week!

yummychunklet said...

Even before I read your recipe, I starred the post in my Google Reader. I've been looking for a good tomato soup recipe, and I know I can rely on your recipes! Great post!

Karen Harris said...

This is not only one of my favorites but also a feast for the eyes. There is just no comparison between freshly made cream of tomato and that canned stuff, although I must admit on occasion I open a can for lunch. The addition of fresh basil just rounds things off perfectly.

Barbara said...

A lovely soup, Mary. Interested to see the carrots in it. Yours is a lovely creamy version too. Will be making this next winter. I'm on to cold soups for a while now. :)

Mary said...

Paul and Kilby, I am unable to get to your site, so I'll have to answer here. If you must, of course use milk. It will lack the richness of cream, but it will work. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

I love tomato soups of any kind, but this one looks incredible, those colors are just amazing! Have a great Monday Mary!

Anna A. said...

I loooove tomato soup! Never tried Nordie's version. When I am home in So Cal. My Aunt Edna always takes me shopping at Nordstrom (she spoils me) and we get salads and a glass of wine for lunch at the cafe. Next time I will soup it!

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I love tomato basil soup. This looks like a great one.

Joe Ambrosino said...

Mary, The soup looks terrific and I love the recipe (totally agree about using real San Marzano tomatoes), but I would have left in a few chunks.

Food Glorious Food! said...

Great comfort food especially during cold rainy weather... yummm

Emily Malloy said...

This soup looks perfect! The bowl you have it in is adorable, too!

Suman Singh said...

Love the flavor of basil in the soup..looks inviting.

lena said...

hi mary, i think i wld love this too, will save this recipe for future reference, thnks!

Joanne said...

I love a good creamy soup, especially if it involves my favorite summer flavors of tomato and basil! This sounds luxurious!

Misty said...

One of my favorite comfort foods!

Thanks for the very nice comment on my site. I'm new to yours too, but I'll be adding you to my Google Reader. You have a beautiful, clean layout and wonderful pictures.

Wendy Irene said...

I love how you garish your soups. They look so beautiful! I should do that more often to celebrate life :) Have a great day Mary!

Tammy said...

How creamy and delicious, Mary! This and a slice of that blueberry pie sounds like heaven!

Hugs & Happy Blessings,
Tammy

Cheryl said...

Ohhh that is my number one favorite soup in the world! I cannot seem to find San Marzono Tomatoes do you you have to go to a specialty store?

Anonymous said...

This soup looks delectable! Love the color!

EliFla said...

I never prepare tomato Soup, I have to start it!!! Nice to visit your blog again...hugs and blessings, Flavia

That Girl said...

I love soups, and you're right, the ingredients make all the differences.

Jeannie said...

That looks like a very delicious bowl of soup served in a very beautiful bowl and plate too! And I am so drooling over those pies!

Chelsea said...

I've never actually had this soup! It looks so delicious. The words "creamy" and "tomato" are some of my favorite when used together :)

Gen said...

I love the color! Ok there's heavy cream in it, but it looks really smooth!

Mary said...

Me encanta muy rico y besos

Stevie said...

This tomato soup would be perfect today. We're having rain, again. Ugh! When will the dry season ever come.

I used to make tomato soup from Campbell's as a child all the time but haven't made it in a while. I want to try this soon.

Swathi said...

What a color, I am love this with one. Home made is always perfect than the store bought ones.

JG said...

We always enjoy our soup served in a mug, also! Your Cream of Tomato is perfect for this week that promises to have many showers.
~Judy

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

It's perfect soup weather here now. I just need to convince my kids to like it.
I love a great tomato soup.

Denise said...

Two of my favorite things here, tomatoes and basil. Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Thank you for a lovely soup, it looks and sounds absolutely delicious -
Mary

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

What a nice soup! It's so cold in SF and I would love a cup of this soup. I always like this kind of soup and yours just look perfect. You inspired me to make it soon! By the way, congrats on Foodbuzz feature!

Lucy said...

Ohh, I'm saving this for next time I'm in the mood for grilled cheese - a match made in heaven!!

Elaine said...

I love the colors in this photo. This looks like such a great recipe. I really like the touch of basil.

Kath said...

Your Cream of Tomato Soup looks beautiful, Mary! Using, as you say, the best ingredients, I'm sure it tastes fantastic, too!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

I am a huge fan of tomato soup! This looks absolutely delicious! It is sooo cold today in Ohio, I wish I had some right now! Thanks for the link love Mary! :)

teresa said...

tomato and basil go SO well together. i love this soup, i could eat this any time of the year.

Jenn said...

I love cream of tomato soup! Adding basil just makes it that much better. Yours looks lovely, Mary!

Ryan said...

This is beautiful, Mary! Such vibrant colors!! I have had Nordstroms' tomato soup but didn't realize the recipe was available-- which is great. Its so good and I can't wait to make this!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, One of my favorite soups. Blessings, Catherine

Monet said...

I'm sure the cream does make all the difference. I love tomato basil soup. I'm sorry I have been so absent these past few weeks. It has been so good to return to you and your lovely blog! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a wonderful day.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Huh. I missed out on this recipe a few year ago, because I wasn't blogging them. I'm so glad you brought it to my attention. I love to make soups. I just copied it and will add it in for a light lunch, sometime soon. Thanks!

Mihaela said...

Light and refreshing, the basil sounds so good :)

Rosita Vargas said...

con el frío de otoño suelo tomar muchas sopas y en especial de tomates ,se ve muy linda y rica la que has preparado,fácil y te quedó estupenda,abrazos y bendiciones.

mr. pineapple man said...

oh so delicious! and your photos are so nice!

thecompletecookbook said...

What fabulous soup - tomato and basil are perfectly suited.
:-) Mandy

Cooking Creation said...

This is comfort food for me. My mother had cream of tomato soup waiting for me after a long day of playing out in the snow accompanied by grilled cheese. I'll have to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing :)

The Harried Cook said...

I love cream of tomato soup! Yours looks absolutely mouth-watering... A nice grilled cheese on the side, and I'd be all set to chow down! Delicious! :D

dr.antony said...

Hi,Mary
I was away on vacation and missed many of those bites and sips.
This looks so tempting,thick and creamy.And such a lovely color.

Mary said...

Paul and Kilby, I am unable to link to you so I'll have to answer here. Use milk if you must, but use full fat if it is available. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tasha said...

Oh, yum. There is something so wonderful about a simple bowl of cream of tomato soup!

beetlelovescupcakes said...

LOL I love how your posts one and two years back on this day were both glazed tarts. Talk about coincidence huh ;)

Julie said...

I love cream of tomato soup with basil. The two flavors are just meant for each other!!

Sue said...

I cannot wait to make this soup! We've been ordering a rendition of it at a favorite local restaurant and I can't get enough of it. Thanks so much for the recipe, Mary!
~ Sue

DH said...

This soup is so delicious! I've tried so many different ones, and this is the easiest and tastiest by far- just what I like. Thank you!!

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