Easing Back In

Getting back into the swing of things after vacation(no matter how small) always takes me a little bit of time to adjust. Luckily for me I made soup and froze it before I left so I don’t need to worry about really making anything extra today. Which is great because I still have much to unpack and dreaded laundry to do. This soup is partially a copy cat recipe from a chain restaurant that I used to go to when living in Phoenix. I change it up a bit by not just adding basil to the soup but actually pesto.

 La Madeleine Tomato Basil Soup
4 cups tomatoes (8 to 10), peeled, cored and chopped,
    or 4 cups whole tomatoes, crushed
4 cups unsalted tomato juice
12 to 14 fresh basil leaves(I chose to use a 1/2 cup of pesto, recipe follows)*
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sweet unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Salt, to taste

Combine tomatoes and juice in saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat. Cool slightly, then place in blender. Add basil and process to purĩe. This will have to be done in batches. Return mixture to saucepan. Add butter and cream. Stir over low heat until butter and cream are incorporated. Stir in salt and pepper before serving.

Pesto for soup:

Basil pesto:
½ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons Parmigiano

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP olive oil

Combine all pesto ingredients except butter and oil in a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped but not pureed. Add butter and oil and process to a thick paste. Reserve.


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  1. hi, this looks unspeakably delicious! the addition of a swirl of pesto is sheer genius ;)

  2. I love tomato soup! I’m so glad the weather is finally starting to cool down and I can eat hot foods again!

  3. This is good soup.

  4. Oooh… looks so good and warm! I’ll have to try this.

  5. Again.. am so happy it’s Fall! Love tomato soup and I really like the idea of adding the pesto.. yum!

  6. What sort of tomatoes did you use?

  7. Sounds (and looks) delicious!

  8. Jeff- I used Roma Tomatoes

  9. Yum! I have a similar recipe that calls for pasta, believe it or not. It’s not a brothy soup, but it works.


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