Perfect comfort food!
Two of my favorite recipes from Lu’vs Life and Hannah’s too
Rick’s Tasty Tomato Basil Soup
Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 clove of garlic finely chopped, ½ an onion chopped, 28 ounces of tomatoes (peeled seeded and chopped if fresh) undrained, Salt and pepper, 1 101/2 ounce can of chicken stock (you can use vegetable stock, but doesn’t taste as good), 2 cups of whole milk, cream or half-and half and sugar.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic let them soften. Do not allow them to brown. It will change the taste of the soup and make it bitter. Add the stock.
Add tomatoes keep cooking over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
While stirring constantly add milk or cream lower heat.
Allow to simmer for about six minutes the flavor needs to bloom. Add herbs last.
Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or basil. I use twice the amount of fresh basil.
If you have an immersion blender you can use it at this point to blend until smooth. I poured the soup into a regular blender and blended until smooth. This is also a great fix if the milk has curdled a bit.
Once the soup is blended allow it to simmer another five minutes stirring constantly.
Always taste as you go. If it tastes acidic, add sugar to counteract it.
If you’re unsure or out of fresh herbs used ½ tsp dried oregano and/2 tsp dried basil. In a pinch a jar of dried Italian seasonings does the trick too.
I like my soup thicker so I use less stock. Again adjust to taste.
If you intend to freeze this soup, leave out the milk or cream. Freeze it as is and when you re-heat add the milk or cream while stirring constantly.
Finishes and Flourishes:
Add a dollop of sour cream, a drizzle of creme fraiche or half -and-half when you serve.
Top with homemade croutons or cut up your grilled cheese sandwich into crouton-sized bites and float it on top. Top with fresh basil leaves.
Toasted Cheese Sandwiches
Ingredients: bread, butter and cheese of your choice 2-3 slices.
Toast the bread golden brown, don’t grill or fry it. Use a hearty wheat bread or brioche.
Butter both sides and place the cheese on it. Pop it in the microwave for about 25 seconds or until the cheese is just melted. Cut on the diagonal or horizontally into little soldiers. Serve with the tomato soup.