Red, Savory And Warm: Tomato Basil Soup

So I plan on doing themed food all day long on Valentine’s Day, which means we need more than breakfast and sweet options, right?  Here is savory dish number one for the menu: warm tomato basil soup.  Doesn’t that sound perfect for this time of year?  Even if you are blessed to live in a warm climate right now… we all need a good bowl of soup now and again:-)DSC_0483DSC_1118I decided last week that I wanted to make this soup and at first I wasn’t sure what else to use besides tomatoes and basil.  I knew this wouldn’t quite be enough and that a few more ingredients would be needed.  I have seen onion, carrots and celery used as a base in soup before so I decided to start there.  I added in the garlic and broth to add more flavor (garlic) and to give the vegetables something to simmer in (broth).  Besides, isn’t broth an obligatory ingredient in savory soups?DSC_0746After my vegetables were beginning to soften I added in the tomatoes and chopped up my basil.  Continue to simmer until the vegetables are completely tender.  Add in salt, pepper and chili powder while soup is simmering.  Once the carrots are tender to a fork use a Braun or a blender to puree the soup.  The Braun will be the easiest because you don’t have to transfer the soup at all, but a blender will do the job just as well.  You can make the soup nice and smooth or you can leave a few tomato chunks, depending on your family’s preference.DSC_0752My last step was to add in some protein so we would not only enjoy the taste, but also stay full.  We chose chicken, but there are many protein options out there that work well with soup.  Pick whatever sounds best to you!   DSC_0760

Tomato Basil Soup (serves 3-4)

1 onion

2 celery stalks

3 carrots

3 garlic cloves

1 C broth

2 (28 oz) diced tomato cans

¼ – ½ C chopped basil, fresh

1 ½ t salt

1 t pepper

½ t chili powder

  1. Chop the onion, celery, carrots and garlic.  Sauté in the broth until the vegetable begin to soften.  Add the tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and chili powder and continue cooking over medium heat until the vegetables are completely tender.
  2. Using a Braun puree the soup in the pot.  You can make it as smooth as you want or leave a few chunks.  If you don’t have a Braun, transfer soup to blender and puree.  Once soup has achieved the desired consistency, adjust seasoning as needed.

* I won’t stay full on soup if it isn’t coupled with protein.  I added some cooked chicken to our soup, but you could do eggs, lentils, tofu, another meat or any other protein source you can think of:-)DSC_0772 DSC_0766DSC_0786