Recipes and Tips for Healthier Living and Smarter Budgeting

Monday, August 25, 2014

Creamy Tomato Soup

A couple weeks ago we had garden tomatoes coming out our ears! I didn't have time to can and didn't want to put any more diced tomatoes in the freezer either, so I decided to make a huge pot of tomato soup. I've done this before but never found a recipe we just loved. So I asked my friends on Facebook and was referred to the recipe on Our Best Bites. I tried it and it was a big hit! So this has instantly become our family's default recipe for homemade tomato soup. 

Note: This time I modified it as indicated in italics, but I may try it other ways when we have other ingredients.

Creamy Tomato Soup

1 Tb reserved oil from sun-dried tomatoes, or olive oil (I used the latter)
1 c. chopped onion
¾ c. shredded carrot
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sugar (I used raw sugar)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbs dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2/3 c. sliced sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil (I would love to try this some time but didn't have it.)
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (This is where the fresh, homegrown tomatoes came in for me--not canned this time of year.)
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
3 oz reduced fat cream cheese

optional: 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
optional: Parmesan cheese and fresh basil for garnish

Place oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often.

Add sun-dried tomatoes (if using), canned tomatoes, chicken broth, (raw) sugar, salt, pepper, oregano and basil. (If adding red pepper flakes, add now.)

Bring soup to boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cover pan and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat. Place soup in blender (do this in 2 batches if necessary)--or I highly recommend using an immersion blender. Add cream cheese. Process until smooth.

Add additional salt and pepper to taste and then divide soup among bowls. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaf, if desired.

No comments:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...