I like eating soup in the cooler weather—it’s great having a hot bowl of soup on a cold day, isn’t it? It just warms you right up! A friend of mine had shared this Heirloom Tomato Soup recipe with me from Taste of Home a while ago. It’s a really delicious recipe and just about everyone I know loves tomato soup!Continue reading
Soup is such a great thing to eat on a cold winter day. Like this Tomato Carrot Soup with Basil. Although, I have to admit, it’s also good in the summer made with fresh tomatoes. But during the winter you can use canned diced tomatoes and I think it tastes just as good.
I’ve been having lots of soup lately, because it is cold and because I’ve been getting over a nasty bout of bronchitis, which I had over most of the holidays. I was disappointed at not being able to post more holiday recipes, but just didn’t have much energy to cook or do much else!
So I thought this would be a good time to post a soup recipe–most people love a good bowl of soup in the winter and this is so good for you. It has a good variety of veggies in it–carrots, celery and onion–all blended to a smooth consistency. Garlic and basil also add to the flavor. It makes a great meal with some crusty bread. Or serve it before a main course for dinner.
TOMATO CARROT SOUP WITH BASIL by NancyC
Makes about 4 servings
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup water
- 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced (or 2 [14.5-ounce] cans diced tomatoes)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 Tablespoons dried basil, crushed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
In large saucepan, cook carrots, celery, onion, and garlic, in olive oil, covered, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add half of the tomatoes and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Transfer mixture, in 2 batches, to a blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup water to each batch. Cover and blend until smooth, then return mixture to saucepan.
Stir in the salt, half of the basil, and the remaining tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining basil and balsamic vinegar and heat an additional 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
If you are a fan of tomato soup, you’ll want to try this sometime! I love trying out new versions of tomato soup. Do you have a favorite tomato soup recipe?
Tomato soup is one of my favorite soups, and when you combine tomatoes with veggies and garbanzo beans, you end up with a really great-tasting, healthy soup! I was inspired to make this when I found a recipe over at Grown From Scratch, and I modified it slightly. I used less chicken stock so the soup would be thicker because I love thick, chunky soup! And I also used more leeks and garlic, and a little less spinach. I really like the taste of this soup–hope you get a chance to try it!
TOMATO VEGGIE GARBANZO SOUP (makes 4-6 servings)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 leeks, thinly sliced (an easy way to slice them is to halve lengthwise and then slice crosswise–if you don’t have leeks on hand, you can substitute 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced)
- 2 medium zucchini, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (14-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth (I used the low sodium broth)
- 1 (14 oz.) can garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas)
- 3 firmly-packed cups fresh baby spinach leaves (about 4 oz.), chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling on top
Saute thinly-sliced leeks and diced zucchini in olive oil until tender. Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, and garbanzo beans. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the spinach and stir into the soup. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 2 to 5 minutes longer. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired, and serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top–the Parmesan cheese gives it a great little zing!
The soup also goes great with a crusty loaf of bread or garlic bread!
Are you a tomato soup-lover too? Do you have a favorite tomato soup recipe?