July 10, 2013

Have tons of tomatoes? Try Homemade Tomato Soup with Basil

A recipe I've posted before, but with tomato plants bursting with fresh, ripe, tomatoes it's the perfect time to remind everyone of this simple, yet delicious and healthy soup.   Tomatoes are so good for you and paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, you have a meal even kids love.  The fresh taste of a homemade tomato soup beats the pants off the canned versions.

Homemade Tomato Soup

1/2 stick of butter (about 4 tablespoons)
1 T oil
3/4 c sweet onion, diced

5-6 cups worth of tomato puree (approximately)
1-2 basil leaves, ripped or diced
1/3 c flour
1 3/4 - 2 cups chicken broth (bouillon, homemade or canned)
2 T sugar
1 1/2 c milk
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, heat the butter and vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add the tomatoes and basil. Simmer about 10 minutes. 

Combine the flour into the broth and whisk or beat with a fork until smooth.  Add to the soup, stirring constantly. Simmer on low 10-15 minutes.  Add the sugar, milk and salt and pepper.  Heat through and serve.

*Note:  If you are using fresh tomatoes, plunge them into a pot of boiling water for 1 minute, then into cold water and slip the skin off before chopping up and adding them to your blender to puree.  If you are using canned, diced tomatoes you have the choice of blending them smoother OR leave them chunky for a soup with body.  If you are using puree from a can, no need to use a blender at all.

After plunging the tomatoes in boiling water and cold, the skin will slip right off!

Fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden

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