I'm not eating bread at lunch today, but this would be awesome with a baguette broiled with olive oil, grated Parmesan, and lots of black pepper. Or, naturally, with the proverbial grilled cheese sandwich. Here's how:
|Stir in a little plain yogurt at the table for a "Cream of Tomato Soup" version.|
light and lusty tomato soup serves 4
- 1 small yellow onion, quartered
- 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 fennel bulb, sliced (use a little more celery if you have no fennel)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Generous pinch each: crushed red pepper and Herbes de Provence (see above for substitutions)
- 4 whole garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup dry white wine*
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Place onion, celery, carrot, and fennel in food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process, pulsing, until vegetables are diced. (Or dice by hand.)
- Heat a 6-quart heavy pot over medium low heat with the olive oil, pepper, and Herbes for a minute or until fragrant. Add the whole garlic cloves and cook for a minute or until golden; turn and let cook another few seconds before adding the vegetables from the food processor.
- Stir in the fresh basil leaves, kosher salt, black pepper. Cook for five minutes, stirring, until vegetables are beginning to soften.
- Pour in water, wine, broth, and tomatoes. Stir in honey. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes or so until all vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Puree using an immersion blender, in batches in the food processor or blender, or mash with a potato masher. Alternatively, eat as is.
- Serve hot garnished with one of the following: chopped fresh basil, croutons, or chopped pistachios for vegan version. Grated Parmesan cheese or a spoon of plain Greek yogurt for Gluten-Free version. If you're ok any way at all, choose what you'd like, though just the Parmesan and a little fresh basil are perfectly perfect.
Simple pictures are best:
Have fun cooking and taking care of yourself as you clean up your eating act,
(published earlier and happily on this blog)