Rustic Tomato Basil Soup Recipe - Plus More Tomato Soup Recipes
Tomato Soup recipes with similar ingredients but different approaches are also included. Tomato soup is at home as a light summer delight or a bowl of hearty "warm your bones" fuel for Fall and Winter.
These soup recipes would be perfect anytime. This Tomato Basil Soup Recipe is a healthy, meat free dish for Vegans.
I consider a tomato with a diameter of 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" as medium. Just in case you're not sure, each tomato should yield about a 1/2 cup of prepared product. I show ounces or cups along with the tomato count in each recipe.
Ok, if you haven't stumbled upon this word on the recipe side of the site yet, here it is, VARIATIONS.
Making soups from a tomato Base can go in all sorts of directions. So, here's a quick tutorial.
If you make a soup by just adding seasonings to the Base, you will get a lumpy or chunky Garden Style soup (me).
If you don't like the lumps and believe most soups should be smooth (my wife), start pureeing. Puree, in the pure sense, is taking tomatoes and mashing them through a strainer. I am highly experienced in this art.
When I was young and heard my Grandmother mumbling "these tomatoes are too wet!", I knew after my Grandfather caught an earfull about his tomatoes, I would be up next for strainer duty to thicken things up.
Based on experience I suggest you use a blender or food processor to puree.
Creamy soups. Some tomato basil soup recipes use cream, some don't. I prefer it with cream. Try it both ways and decide for yourself.
You can only take a puree so far. To make that rich, smooth velvety soup that dreams are made of, you will need to add cream and butter. That's right, that healthy soup idea just took a turn for the worse.
Of course, the cream used in most recipes is HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM. As with everything in life there is a point where excess ruins something good. I try to make my Cream based recipes with very little cream and butter.
For those who were wondering, a pureed creamy soup is essentially a Bisque. Any soup recipe could become a Tomato Bisque Soup recipe with just a touch of butter, cream and sometimes flour. Too much cream or butter can dilute or overpower the wonderful taste of the tomatoes.
Start by using a dozen medium tomatoes and follow the Charcoal Grill Roasted Base process. I prefer the "open tomato" version (blanched, peeled and grill roasted) for my Rustic Tomato Basil Soup Recipe.
It tends give the tomatoes a nice smokey flavor. It also makes the tomato a little drier for a thicker consistency. Remember, do not start with too dry a tomato if you decide to use this method.
Next, I take 8 of the peeled tomatoes cut them in quarters and blend them on the mix setting for about a minute. Add the cream and melted butter and mix again for a minute. Add the cut basil, fine sea salt and pepper, and mix for 30 seconds.
Pour the contents into a medium sauce pan and set at medium heat. Chop the remaining 4 tomatoes into small chunks (I like them the size of the tip of my index finger) and add to the saucepan along with the chopped chile(optional).
Bring to a boil for one minute stirring gently then let simmer for 30 minutes stirring as needed. Serve with warm crusty bread. Serves 4.
12 (6 cups) Charcoal Grill Roasted Tomatoes - Medium size [8 for puree / 4 for chunks]
14 Fresh Basil Leaves (avg. 2"-3" long) cut into 1/4" - 1/2" slivers
1/2 cup Whipping Cream (not heavy)
1 small seeded dried chile (optional) finely chopped
VARIATIONS - Tomato Basil Soup Recipe:
TOMATOES - Use Drier or juicier to get the soup thicker or thinner. More chunks,less chunks or no chunks. I would only reduce chunks on this recipe. A lot of chunks will make the soup more of a Garden Fresh style than a Bisque style.
CHANGE THE BASE - oven roast "whole" tomatoes if you don't like the smoke taste or blanch for pure tomato taste.
CREAM & BUTTER - If your diet can handle more, you will get a smoother silkier consistency. Anything more than doubling both would be too much, but would make a great cream of butter soup. Eliminate the Cream & Butter entirely for a Garden Fresh version
DRIED CHILE - Don't like spicy, don't use it. Don't have dried chiles, Ground Cayene will work. Be careful! Let the pepper give it a little zing, not a flame thrower effect. Unless you like the thrill more than the taste, You want to be able to enjoy the Tomato and Basil
Make it yours and Enjoy!
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