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!) — 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, I plan on adding homemade garlic croutons to take it over the top! 😉
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 sauté pan, heat olive oil and finely 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!