Chunky Heirloom Tomato and Basil Soup

I recently bought a new cookbook, called “Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.” It was $40, but I love making soup, so it was totally worth it.

I find myself flipping through the recipes (which are literally assigned to a day of the year) and saying, “Oh, I want to make that! Ooohhhh! And I want to make that!”

Soup is comforting, and so versatile! Chunky, pureed, thick or brothy, vegetarian or chuck full of meat, it can be light, heavy, sweet or savory. And it can be pretty easy to substitute for people with food allergies, so you really have no need to buy cans of premade soup at the store. By making your own soup, you don’t risk any gluten or dairy contamination, you avoid preservatives and you get to eat in season and healthy produce — so what’s not to love?

This heirloom tomato soup is perfect for August. Meaty and succulent, these tomatoes are so good, you’ll wonder why you never made this soup before.

Ingredients (serves 2 to 3)

Olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped

1 red heirloom tomato

2 yellow heirloom tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 tablespoon coconut cream

1/4 cup chopped basil

Slat and freshly ground pepper

Directions

1. In a large pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrots and saute until very soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes, broth and sugar, stirring to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

3. Transfer half the soup to a food processor or blender and puree. Return to the pot and add the coconut cream. Stir in the basil, season to taste and serve.

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Categories: Season: Summer, Soup

Author:rsedlak1

Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.

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