Cream of Tomato Basil Soup

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R Tangy, creamy, and nostalgic. Heirloom tomatoes kick this tomato soup up a notch by adding layers of amazing flavor. The cream and balsamic vinegar add even more layers of flavor and a few basil leaves add a sweet, fresh twist.

 

As far back as I can remember, tomato soup has found itself poured into one bowl after the other, never far from me when I really needed it. There was always a bowl when I had a cold, and always a mug of it on cold winter days. When I was feeling down that I wasn’t put in the soccer game – again – my mom could bring me a few ladle-fulls of the sweet, warm soup.
On summer days, even as I lay drenched in sweat, I begged for a big bowl of tomato soup and a plate stacked high with grilled cheese sandwiches. And if I was really sick, and couldn’t keep even sprite, bread, or rice down, I’d convince myself that tomato soup was the trick. It never was. But it was worth a try.
This isn’t that heated up can of tomato soup. This is tomato soup kicked up a notch – a really big notch.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup at chasingdelicious.com. Get more delicious at @chasedelicious.

 

Cream, Lemon, and Balsamic in this recipe are used as seasonings of sorts. Just enough cream is used to smooth out the flavors and add a creamy back to the tangy tomatoes. Lemon juice helps cut the sharp flavors in the soup and round everything out. And balsamic vinegar adds a savory, salty, and sweet bite.

 

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Cream of Tomato Basil Soup
 
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Difficulty: Easy
Great for: Lunch, Dinner
Makes: 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups heirloom tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus more for drizzle
  • ½ cup cream
  • 2-5 drops lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat, until melted. Add the onion and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and celery are soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth and tomato puree and mix together well. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and cream. Season with the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Before serving, toss a few basil leaves on top. Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich, skewered over the bowl as well if desired.
 

 

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Texas Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
 
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This recipe calls for American cheese. To find good American cheese, skip the prepackaged stuff and go to your store's deli.
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Difficulty: Easy
Great for: Lunch, Dinner
Makes: 1 sandwich
Ingredients
  • 2 pieces Texas Toast
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Turn the broiler on your oven on high.
  2. Toast the two pieces of toast.
  3. Butter one side of each piece of toast (this will be the outside).
  4. Top one of the unbuttered sides of the toast with the cheese. Place on a lined baking sheet under a broiler until the cheese is melted.
  5. Top with the other piece of toast.
 

 

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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.

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