Well, I'm here now! And it's good to be back. Over time, I've discovered all sorts of new things about myself and about life and health. I've realized that it is a blessing to be living and breathing, and each and every day is a gift.
Anyway, that's it. No more sappy details. On to the recipe!
Yes, my dear friends who are currently drowning in summer heat - it's tomato basil soup. It's worth it, I assure you. Just make it for the evening, when it's cooler, or serve it lukewarm, whatever you want. I would say it's somewhere in between tomato basil bisque and straight up tomato soup, but either way, it's delicious. This picture is a variation I made with fresh leeks from the garden, but the version I'm sharing is the original.
Tomato Basil Bisque
Serves 2-3 as a meal or 4 as a generous side
* 1 small, fresh sweet white onion
* 2 celery stalks
* 3 mini sweet red bell peppers
* 4 Tbsp. Earth Balance butter (or sub in olive oil)
* 1 small can Hunts tomato sauce
* About 6 medium tomatoes
* olive oil - just a dash
* everyday seasoning - a couple shakes
* 3/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
* 2-3 tsp. sugar (optional, but it's a great addition with the salt)
* 1.5 tsp. salt (if needed)
* 1/2 tsp. everyday seasoning or black pepper
* 1.5-2 cups soymilk - almond milk will probably work here too :)
This soup is my modification of this recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chunky-tomato-basil-bisque
- Preheat oven to 450 F. Cut all the tomatoes in half and throw on a non-stick pan with a dash of olive oil and a few shakes of that “everyday seasoning”. Put a piece of sweet white onion in there too (like a small piece, just for flavor’s sake). 10-15 minutes of oven time.
- Now, roughly chop the onion, celery stalks, and sweet red peppers, and throw in a saucepan with the Earth Balance. Saute this for about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce until it boils, then add the roasted tomatoes. Tomatoes should be very tender and juicy - break them into the mixture with whatever you’re using to stir. Let the mixture begin to boil, and then put on low heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add the basil, sugar, salt, and everyday seasoning, and let cool slightly.
- Puree everything in the blender, slowly adding the soy milk.
- TASTE TEST! Adjust seasonings as needed - should be just about right.