I always dislike tomato soup. I’m pretty sure that it was because we always ate it from a can. It was flavorless red broth that was just a little too acidic for my taste. While everyone else was enjoying a steaming bowl of tomato soup with grilled cheese, I chose chicken noodle almost every time.
It was not that long ago that I found tomato soup that made me change my tune. If you have ever had these tomato soups, you probably know what I am talking about. My favorite of all time is the Tomato Basil Soup from Nordstrom Cafe. It s rich, creamy, and has a sweet hint of basil. We like it so much that we buy at least one jar on every trip to Nordstrom. The other tomato soup is at Panera. It is the only thing that I like there. It is definitely crave worthy.
Now that winter is fast approaching, I knew that I needed to develop a recipe to curb my cravings so I could continue to hibernate all winter long. There is noting comforting about eating tomato soup in a cold restaurant on a hard bench. I want to be comfortable when in enjoying this warm, comforting soup. Plus, it is fast and easy, a bonus on those dark, gloomy winter nights.
This will certainly be a staple in our home this winter.
Tomato Basil Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: simmer blender appetizer soup/stew side snack milk tomato fall winter
Ingredients (4-6 servings)
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 15 ounce can San Marzano whole, peeled tomatoes
- 15 ounces water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- handful fresh basil, chopped
- cheese for garnish
In a 3-4 quart sauce pan, add olive oil on medium heat.
Add onions. Cook until soft.
Add garlic, oregano, and smoked paprika. Cook an additional minute.
Add tomatoes and water. Cook about 5 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Add heavy cream and basil. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with cheese if desired.