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Creamy Tomato-Garlic Soup

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Autumn leaves are falling more rapidly, the weather is gradually changing and I find myself wondering,

“Weren’t we welcoming autumn only a few weeks ago?

We typically have our first snow very close to Thanksgiving, and right on schedule, we woke yesterday to our first light dusting. Today the sun shone bright and golden, yet I found myself breathing in cold air mixed with the wonderful aroma of a nearby wood stove, looking up new recipes for hot chocolate and feeling the desire to make soup.

One of my favorite go-to soup recipes comes from the Pioneer Woman (no surprise there!)Β — her tomato soup is creamy, flavorful and warming.

The original recipe is simply wonderful, but since my husband is not a huge fan of onions, I’ve adapted the recipe to accommodate my family’s love for garlic and made a few other changes. The combination of garlic, olive oil and tomato in a rich creamy base is reminiscent of a fresh summer bruschetta, and the next time I make this, IΒ plan on adding homemade garlic croutons to take it over the top! πŸ˜‰

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Inspired and adapted from the Pioneer Woman

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

5-6 garlic cloves (depending on your love of garlic!)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups diced tomatoes in tomato sauce

3 Tablespoons sugar

6 oz. tomato paste

1/4-1/2 cup chicken stock

1 chicken bouillon cube

1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

3/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup half and half

-In a small sautΓ© pan, heat olive oil and finelyΒ chopped garlic on medium-low heat until garlic is softened.

-In a large sauce pan, add olive oil and garlic to the tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. Stir well, and begin cooking on medium heat.

-Stir in chicken stock, bouillon cube, Italian seasoning, heavy cream and the half and half.

-Stir and allow soup to reach a slow boil — turn heat to low, and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

-Serve soup warm-hot. (The soup will be very hot, so I typically allow it to cool until desired temperature is reached.)

-If desired, garnish with grated parmesan and garlic croutons.

This soup is delicious as is or can accompany a variety of sandwiches (such as pesto grilled cheese!), fresh breads or even salad.

Enjoy, and stay warm!

 

 

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36 Comments

  1. I agree Fall was just starting? wow this soups sounds rich and delicious!

    1. Yes, exactly! Lol. And Thanksgiving is next week — wow! This soup is one of my favorites — almost like comfort food! πŸ˜‰

      1. I love soup and this looks lovely! Yes where has the time gone? It really flew past!

        1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! Yes, the time sure has flown! We’re getting snow this morning — our chickens aren’t very happy about that! They will only peek out of their coop! The girls, on the other hand, are over the moon excited about the snow!! Lol.

          1. Yes us too! we have a light amount but still snowing! I am sure the girls love it!!!

  2. The soup is fabulous ! It’s still all green here in the south πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much, Freda! Ahh … the green sounds nice! πŸ˜€ It’s snowing here this morning, and our chickens will only peek out of their coop! πŸ˜‰

  3. This soup look warm and inviting, Anna! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! πŸ™‚

  4. I always love a good soup, and your one sounds so delicious.

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne! I appreciate your kind words! πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you so much, Lynne! I apprecaite your kind words! πŸ™‚

  5. Yummy Anna! I love her tomato soup and garlic! I can’t wait to try your twist!

    1. Thank you so much, Sadie! I’m still wanting to try that 50 clove garlic soup! πŸ˜‰

  6. This soup looks delicious. I really enjoy eating soups at this time of the year!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Claudia! Yes, soups are wonderful this time of year! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the re-post! πŸ™‚

  7. That Pioneer woman sure knows how to put easy yummy meals on the table doesn’t she? Your soup is just gorgeous! I love making a tomato soup too, but never thought to use garlic, which we love!

    1. Yes, she most certainly does! πŸ™‚ We love garlic, too … and the combination of tomato and garlic works so well for a soup. Next I want to try a recipe I found for homemade garlic croutons! πŸ˜‰

      1. I make croutons all the time. A bit of olive oil and ITALIAN seasoning and salt in the oven for a bit and you have yum.

        1. Sounds perfect, Julie! I will definitely have to try that! πŸ™‚

  8. This soup is so autumn; gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much! Delighted to find your lovely blog! πŸ™‚
      ~ Anna

  9. My husband and I both love creamy tomato soup, and this recipe looks ideal The funny thing is, I’ll be doing the opposite to you when I make it. I’ll be substituting the garlic for onions! My husband loathes garlic – even the tiniest smell of it (annoyingly, because I love it).But he loves lots of onions, so onions it will be. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s so interesting the different flavors that people prefer! πŸ™‚ Yes, the Pioneer Woman’s recipe with onions is absolutely brilliant, so you’ll love it that way as well! πŸ˜‰

      1. I’ll miss the garlic, though. πŸ™

        1. Maybe you could divide the recipe in half? πŸ˜‰ One with onions, one with garlic. πŸ˜€

          1. I could do that Anna, but I think my husband might leave home! πŸ™‚ He really hates the smell of garlic, and I don’t suppose he’ll change now. (He’s the most difficult person to feed! But after 45 years of marriage, I just grin and bear it.) So… onions will be great. πŸ˜€

          2. Oh, I see! πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s wonderful with onions as well — I think you’ll both enjoy it!

  10. What a perfect delicious warming idea, Anna! I must give this a try!

    1. Thank you, dear Lana!

      1. I’m planning to make your wonderful soup this week, Anna. So beautiful and tempting!

        1. Sounds delicious, Lana! I might try making turkey soup. πŸ˜‰

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