Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tomato Basil Soup


Ever since childhood my favorite soup has been Tomato Soup. In restaurants, I would order it even without looking at the menu (in India, almost every restaurant menu had it). Even now, given an option be it my office cafeteria or for a lunch/brunch buffet at any restaurant I always tend to pick Tomato soup. There are so many varieties - plain tomato soup, cream of tomato, chunky tomato soup this list is never ending. But lately, I have been a huge fan of the Tomato Basil soup. Since this will be the first soup recipe on ShwetaintheKitchen I wanted to start with my favorite.  


How do you like your soup thick or thin & liquidy?? I prefer it Thick. It just so much more satiating. And did I mention this one is without any cream or butter so even more healthier. Its a great snack or perfect for light dinner when accompanied with a salad. 

Ingredients: 
9-10 medium sized tomatoes
Small bunch of fresh basil leaves
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
4 tbsp of thick tomato paste (or 1/2 cup of tomato puree)
1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
1 tbsp of brown sugar (or regular sugar)
2 tsp of red chili powder (or to taste)
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp of oil for cooking

Method: 
Step 1: Blanch the tomatoes: 

  • Heat water in a large vessel & once its starts boiling add the tomatoes to it. Boil on high for 5 mins or till you see the tomato skin cracking. 
  • Drain & add to ice-cold water. 
  • Once they come to a temperature you can handle peel the skin (which is very easy at this point) & chop roughly. Keep aside.
Tips: Try picking red & ripe tomatoes for the soup. This will help to give a great color. 

Step 2: For Soup : 

  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan & once hot add the bay leaf. Immediately add the chopped garlic. Saute for a min & then add the onions & saute till the onions turn light brown. 
  • Now add the blanched &  chopped  tomatoes & cook on high flame for 5 mins. 
  • Lower the flame to medium & add the tomato paste/puree, tomato ketchup followed by salt & pepper to taste. 
  • Add 2 cups of water & roughly chopped basil leaves. Simmer. 
  • To cut the sourness from the tomato add sugar. To add some spice add some red chili powder & mix well. Cover & simmer for 10 -15 mins. Frankly the soup is ready now if you like it chunky but to give it a smooth texture blend it in a mixer. 
  • Switch off the gas & allow this to cool. Once it reaches room temperature remove the bay leaf & blend everything to a smooth puree in mixer. If you have a hand blender you can use it directly in the cooking vessel without having to wait for the soup to cool (carefully as it may splutter).
  • If you like the consistency to be thin then strain it. Else just heat the pureed soup & serve. 

That's it, our Rich & thick Tomato Basil soup is ready. Serve it hot garnished with cream & basil leaves. 
Stay Healthy!!
Shweta

32 comments:

  1. Wow thick n yummy soup... Love it

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  2. wow... tomato basil soup looks amazing.. delicious and creamy... Looking forward to more soup recipes from you...

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    1. Thanks Amina, for sure there will be more. Fall & winter is not far :)

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  3. So yummy soup.. Love the color of it
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  4. lovely soup! i can just imagine the basil and tomato combo! yum!:)

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  5. Tomato Basil Soup, looks yummy...... nice clicks.
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  6. Never tasted this creamy tomato basil soup. Your step by step presentation is useful in real mean. Lipsmacking good soup you presented here Shweta. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked it. Will try it soon.

    Today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.com/2012/09/cholar-daler-bora-bengal-gram-fritters.html

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    1. Thanks a ton Sanoli, would love to hear from you on how it turned out.

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  7. looks so delicious. I wish to try this for my toddlers....tks for sharing!! :-)

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    1. Sure, do try & let me know if they liked it :) Soups are a great way to feed kids with the veggies they wouldn't normally eat.

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  8. Delicious rich soup....like the texture....

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  9. looks very creamy and yummy..
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  10. Oho... Looks so yumm and tasty... Nice blog... do visit my blog too.

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  11. Yummy Soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Best, Payal's Cafe.

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  12. This soup is delicious! I will try your recipe soon! Greetings!

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    1. Thanks, would love to hear from you on how it turned out :)

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  13. Beautiful photos, Shweta. I can't imagine any soup made with canned tomatoes would taste better than this treasure packed full of fresh ingredients!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, so true, fresh food has its own unique taste :)

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  14. Very nice explained recipe! It looks nice on the photos.

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  15. Flavourful and super comforting soup..Inviting!

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  16. Add to Favorited recipes soup loos Delicious.

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  17. I do not quite like tomato soup.. yet i love this soup.. i have a version with roasted tomatoes in my blog...
    http://arusuvai-kurippu.blogspot.com/2012/08/roasted-tomato-and-barley-soup.html

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  18. Thanks you all for these lovely words :)

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  19. The soup looks delicious. perfect with garlic bread.

    Mina

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