Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hey Good Lookin'! What's Cooking? - Easy Tomato Soup

Today’s recipe is an adapation from a fresh tomato and basil soup I found on Tasty Kitchen. (For the original recipe – click here)

Easy Tomato Soup

• 2 cans diced tomatoes drained (reserve the liquid)

• 4 cloves Garlic

• 6 slices Onion

• Butter to sautee the onions

• 4 sprigs Fresh Basil

• Reserved liquid from canned tomatoes plus enough water to make a pint

• 2 dashes Ground Black Pepper

• 2 dashes Salt

• 8 drops Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce

Preparation Instructions

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a soup pot and lightly sauté the drained tomatoes, garlic and onion for a few minutes or until the onion and garlic begin to soften. Feel free to mash the ingredients a little while cooking if you’d like a less lumpy texture.

Add the basil and tomato liquid, some freshly ground black pepper and a little sea salt. You can also use vegetable broth or stock instead of the reserved tomato liquid to add a different flavor. I just like using up what I have.

Bring the soup slowly to the boil, give it a stir, put on the lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, taste the soup and add more salt and pepper if needed. Add a few drops of Tabasco sauce, tasting as you go, until you get the flavour you want. This step is really important as it adds a layer of flavor necessary to keep your soup from tasting like spaghetti sauce.

Leave the soup to sit with the lid off and heat still at a low simmer for a few more minutes. At this point you can serve the soup or pull out the hand held blender and puree the mixture to make a nice creamy soup. We also add a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt just to add a little fat. Enjoy!

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