Wednesday, March 9, 2011

creamy tomato basil soup

here's another unhealthy one:  It is SOOOO good though, one of the best soups I've had in a long time:

the first time i made it morgan told me it was the best thing she had ever eaten.

Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup

5 stars

Makes about 2 quarts

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced carrots
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup finely diced onions
1/2 bay leaf
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 Tbsp fresh oregano
1 Tbsp dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups half and half, warmed
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

In a large slow cooker, combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, bay leaf, oregano, and basil (if using fresh oregano and basil; if using dried oregano and basil add those two ingredients in the last hour of cook time). Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
About an hour before serving prepare a roux: Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour; stir constantly with a whisk for 5 to 7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup from the slow cooker. Add another 3 cups soup and stir until smooth.
Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for another hour until ready to serve.


jamie k said...

Yummmmmmmmy! I loooooooove this soup. So super easy. Will be making it a lot this winter.

Next time I'm gonna try 1 cup of half n half + an extra cup of broth. Could also add less chz if you're trying to cut calories. But I won't. Ha. I also blended about 4 cups of the soup that I added to the roux bc I thought it would be too chunky. So mine was still chunky, just less.

A tip: do the roux in a big soup pot and keep out to put the soup leftovers in so you can heat it up on the stove the next day.

Also, I think the recipe said it makes 2 qts but it made way more than that.

jamie k said...

ALSO, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought u were supposed to add dried herbs at the beginning and fresh at the end. I added mine (dried) at the beginning and then read the recipe more closely and it says opposite. ???