Creamy Fire-Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Last summer, as I was planting my outdoor herb garden I came across an extra basil sapling and got a craaaaaazy idea. I would start an experiment. I planted the little sapling in a tiny pot on my kitchen window sill and tried not to forget to water it.
It lived and grew taller and taller, like Jack’s fabled beanstalk. (Seriously, it got to be about a foot tall. The photo above was taken after I cut it down.) I knew I’d have to cut it down eventually but I didn’t want to do it until I had something worthy in mind for my magical beanstalk of basil.
What goes with basil? Tomatoes. Then it hit me.
Soup. Soup soup soup. I’m kind of obsessed with soup right now.
I don’t usually get excited about tomato soups, but I like this one for lots of reasons. It’s got really nice depth of flavor, unlike the classic kind that comes in a red and white can. This soup can also be made dairy-free while still being rich and creamy, which my stomach is a fan of. And did I mention it’s ridiculously quick and easy to make?
It’s win – win – win. (I keep typing wine. Obviously my brain is trying to tell me something.)
There’s something just really comforting about tomato soups, right? Pair it with a salad or some grilled cheese and eat it while wrapped up in warm a blanket for best results.
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Creamy Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
Don’t get weirded out by the coconut milk. You don’t taste coconut at all, it just makes the soup creamy without the dairy. Feel free to add up to 14 ounces of coconut milk if you want your soup creamier. The wine can be omitted – I just can’t help putting wine in everything I cook.
An immersion blender makes this soup very quick (and I highly recommend it!), but you can use a blender or food processor if that’s all you have. You may have to work in batches.\
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large shallots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
28 ounces Muir Glen Organic Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chicken broth
10 ounces coconut milk (regular or lite)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (optional, omit if making dairy-free)
Spices, to taste (I use black pepper, chili powder, and cayenne for a kick)
6 – 10 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
In a 2 or 3 quart stock pot over medium heat, add oil and saute shallots until soft. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add wine (if using) and cook until reduced by at least half. Add tomatoes, salt and broth. Puree (using an immersion blender, or working in batches with a food processor or blender) and return to heat. Bring soup to a simmer. Stir in coconut milk. Add sugar, Parmesan and other seasoning to taste. Stir in fresh basil. Puree one last time, if desired. Serve hot.