Sometimes simple is best, and this tomato soup is a great example of that wisdom. It’s so quick and easy to make, it’s probably one of my favorite soups, and it always gets rave reviews whenever I share it.
Yesterday I went to a music event. I found out at the last-minute I was supposed to bring food. No problem! I always have some of my homemade spelt challah on hand, so I quickly made a batch of this delightful tomato soup and took it in a crock pot along with a loaf of challah. It was a hit, especially because there was a surprise vegan in the crowd and a lot of people with weight or heart issues.
Don’t think of it as a heart-healthy soup even though it is. Just think of it as a delicious, comforting soup, 100% real food.
Ingredients (Makes 1-1.5 gallons)
- Extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup
- Spanish onion, 1 large
- Plum tomatoes, 30
- Ginger root, 1-2″ piece
- Salt, 1 TB
- Hot paprika, 1 tsp
- Basil, fresh, 10-20 leaves
- Water, 1/2 cup, opt.
- Put the extra virgin olive oil in a large soup pot.
- Chunk the onion and add to the pot.
- Peel the ginger root, cut into chunks and add to the pot.
- Halve the tomatoes and add to the pot.
- Add seasonings (salt, hot paprika), but hold the basil.
- The tomatoes will produce enough liquid to cook themselves, but you can speed the process a little by adding 1/2 cup of water. This makes the soup a little less thick, and since I can always add water at the end to reach my desired consistency, I prefer to hold off on the water and just cook the tomatoes in their own juice.
- Cover the pot and turn on low heat. Stir occasionally.
- When done, remove from heat and puree (I use my VitaMix, which makes a beautiful, creamy-seeming soup, but people tell me their regular blenders work just as well).
- Return puree to pot.
- Take about a cup of the soup and return it to the VitaMix or blender bowl. Add the basil leaves, roughly chopped and pulse a few times. You’ll want to be able to see chopped basil pieces in the soup.
- Add the basil-soup mix back to the pot. I love basil and use lots, and I think it adds a brightness to the soup that it needs, but add the mix back to your taste.
- Check seasoning and enjoy.
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