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Slow Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

I Know I said I was going to post a meat dish but….. This was worth putting up first. Of course I added toppers to make it even tastier!
WHAT YOU NEED:
3 Tbls olive oil
2 16 oz cans of whole peeled tomatoes (the best kind you can find)
1 Cup of slow roasted tomatoes (from a previous post or sun dried tomatoes, not in oil)
1 Cup fresh basil leaves torn into large pieces
3 cloves of garlic minced (on a micro-plane if you can)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbls fresh pepper
good pinch of red pepper flakes or Aleppo Pepper
1/4 cup cream or half & half heated (optional)
Toppers:
Fresh ciabatta croutons with parmesan
Panko Parmesan crumbs
chives

WHAT YOU DO:
Heat Oil in stock pot and add the minced garlic, heat on med for just a few minutes to cook out the raw garlic flavor.
add salt, sugar, & pepper and cook for 3 to 5 minutes
Add in the tomatoes (cans)
Add in 2 cans of water making sure to get all the tomato left in the cans
stir in basil and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and continue to simmer for 1 hour. You really want to cook down and intensify flavors it starts out very plain but really ends up very tasty.
once you have cooked it all down use and immersion blender  and blend the whole tomatoes, trying to leave some of the slow roasted ones in tact. if you can’t that’s ok too.
When you are ready to serve temper cream by adding a ladle of the soup to the cream to keep it from curdling and then mix into pot. this adds a nice smooth taste.

For toppings, cut up some bread drizzle with olive oil, parm cheese, salt & pepper and toast in the oven at 425 till crunchy. Put in a bowl on the table
in a small saute pan put in 1 Tbls butter, 1/4 cup parm cheese & 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs and brown. Also put in a bowl for the table
cut some chives and be sure to add them to the soup for that light onion flavor & bright green contrast of color!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sweatlikemambo
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 23:23:26

    Perfect for a day like today…so gloomy & rainy….

    Reply

  2. Kathy Gineo
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 14:19:30

    This was a perfect soup for a cold and raw Newport day!
    Thanks-K

    Reply

  3. Desi Chick
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 21:57:45

    Even though it’s supposedly Spring around here, it snowed yesterday – (NOT ALRIGHT) so I am getting ready to make this today. I’ll shall let you know if it comforted me in my bad mood 🙂

    Reply

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