KAREN'S (AKA GIGI) CREAMY TOMATO SOUP

 

  • Cooking Time: 50
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white part only) finely chopped (I didn't have any so I added 1/2 yellow bell pepper instead...not that its the same or close, but it worked)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (my addition)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced or 2 - 16 oz cans diced tomatoes (I used the cans)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock (I used a homemade stock that I had in the freezer)
  • 1/2 cup light cream (I had Mexican crema on hand, so I used it)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a medium to large saucepan and saute the onions, leeks (and or bell pepper), carrot, and celery until the onion is transparent.Toss in the garlic and saute for another minute
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour until incorporated and then add the stock and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a blender or with an immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth. If you use a blender, you will need to do this in steps or else you will have tomato soup splattered all over your kitchen
  • Return to the pan and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer for a couple of minutes...3 - 4. Turn off the heat, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with cream, sour cream or yogurt and some fresh basil

Notes

Karen shared this recipe with us over in the forums and I have to say...it's fabulous!!! Thank you Karen! :)

Categories: Soup  Vegetable 

Author Credit: Karen (Gigi421)

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