Ok so before you think to yourself “How good could tomato soup be?” hear me out. I have never been the biggest soup fan, except for the occasional onion-cheese soup in Israel or the creamy mushroom soup from Va Bene http://www.vabenenyc.com/ (a Kosher Italian Restaurant in Manhattan) I do not usually opt for soup. I especially wouldn’t even think to have TOMATO soup until recently when my dad gave me his new and improved tomato soup recipe. I loved it, and I think you will too if you like tomato soup with a fiery/spicy taste.
Now that the summer is over and the weather is getting rainy and cold, it is always good to have soup on the stove to enjoy on those chilly nights. So give this recipe a try and see how you like it.
- 6 tomatoes (with peel)- small dice
- ½ onion- small dice
- 1 small Idaho potato
- 3 celery stalks -small dice
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- ½ mini tomato paste can (3oz)
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 teaspoon Herbes De Provence spice
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sautee the onion and garlic with olive oil in a large pot
- Add the cut tomatoes, celery and potatoes
- Mix in all the rest of the ingredients : the spices and tomato paste -except for the fresh basil
- Add boiling water just enough to cover the veggies in the pot
- Bring to a boil, then lower fire and let simmer covered for about 45 minutes.
- Stir a few times throughout cooking time and then puree
- Serve with fresh basil or a piece of toasted bread , however you like it!
Serve Hot and Enjoy!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup”
~ Laurie Colwin