Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tomato Basil Soup | Soup Recipes

Basil is one of the aromatic and flavorful herbs. Often termed as the "king of herbs" by many cookery authors, it has is origin from Asia. Basil has a mild to sweet flavor depending on the type. Tomato Basil soup is one of my favorites soups in Italian Cuisine. The first time I tasted it was in Noodles & Company in the name of Tomato Basil Bisque. It has a warm flavor from the basil, tangy sweetness from the tomatoes, richness from the cream with a mild spicy undertone from the red pepper. This recipe here although does not have cream (not bisque) but still has the same great taste.

Ingredients:
Adapted from Giada's recipe here
Crushed Tomatoes - 1 - 28 oz can
Vegetable Stock - 3 cups (I used 3 vegetable bouillon cubes with 3 cups of water)
Fresh Basil Leaves - leaves from 3 twigs
Onion - chopped - 1 cup
Garlic cloves - 3
Carrots - 2 medium sized - diced
Bay leaf - 1
Red chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Ground Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Method:
Heat butter in a big pot and add the chopped onion, carrots and garlic. Saute in med-high heat for about 4 to 5 mins until the onions soften. Add the bay leaf, red chilli flakes and mix. Now add the crushed tomatoes and the vegetable stock with chopped basil leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to boil. When it boils reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid and let it simmer for 30 mins. Transfer the contents to a food processor and pulse until pureed. Take precaution that the contents would be hot. A hand blender works like a charm. Keep warm until you serve. Serve with any bread of your choice. I enjoyed this as a wholesome lunch with french baguette bread.



Sending this tasty and colorful Tomato Basil Soup to Reva's Herbs & Flowers - Basil event by PJ and Dish It Out - Tomato and Chilli event by Vardhini.



Sending this to Srivalli's Soups and Salads Mela
Also sending the Thai Green Curry and Pasta with Spinach Basil Pesto to Herbs & Flowers - Basil event.






43 comments:

  1. வாவ்...கலக்குறிங்க...ரொம்ப ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...நன்றி...

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  2. Love the Tomato soup.. just plain and simple.. just the way i like my soups:).beautiful pics

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  3. That's the nicely flavoured soup I love..super tempting Krithi..

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  4. Wow yummy creamy soup..looks very tempting

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  5. The soup looks superb! Loved the colour..

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  6. perfect looking soup - nice clicks !

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  7. Yummy, healthy and colorful tasty soup.

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  8. Look so good, and the pics are wonderful :)

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  9. Such a yummy n colorful soup..:)

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  10. I like it...i like it..i LOVE this!!! The consistency of the soup makes it so yummy!!! What a wonderful blend of flavors!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. What a beautiful color...a delicious flavorful soup

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  12. gorgeious color and thick soup. Just perfect for winter time here.

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  13. Oh wow, that's such a lovely red. I love basil flavor a lot, soup must have tasted just as divine as it looks!

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  14. Tempting Soup.. Nice clicks..

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  15. Oh Wow, thats such a fantastic color of basil tomato soup,, loved other entries too..

    Krithi asked to prepare strawberry sauce in bulk and store it??

    A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine--> It will stay 4-5 weeks long in refrigerator, and 3 months in freezer. It also depends on what the usage is, generally I freeze it and thaw before using.

    Thanks
    Muskaan

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  16. Slurping it all away Kirti. Love them all.
    Please check out my first event:
    http://madscientistskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/08/you-are-invited-to-my-very-first-event.html

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  17. wow. Looks very attracting..Very tasty soup with basil.

    Cheers,
    uma

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  18. Nice color of the soup with great combo and that pasta looks gr8 too

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  19. I too love basil in my cooking, consistency of the soup looks perfect and yumm!

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  20. Soup looks lovely and is sooo healthy...

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  21. Basil is My king of herbs. Your soup looks and sound perfect; grat photos; I can almost taste the goodness.
    Rita

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  22. The soup looks soothingly delicious :) yummy :)

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  23. awesome dear...love the clicks...very beautifully presented...and love the colors too!

    http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/event-berries-strawberry-desserts.html

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  24. wonderful soup Krithi, looks awesome, excellent clicks too..

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  25. Tempting soup looks awesome.

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  26. basil and tomato are like made for each other!

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  27. Healthy soup n sounds so delicious.Nice presentation.

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  28. hello krithi,

    I remember you asking about guest hosting for my event on berries - if you have decided pls let me know, so that I can update the event calendar...thanks

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  29. looks incredible...yummy soup
    love ur excellent cliks Krithi..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  30. Totally love it...my kind of soup...creamy and yum...

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  31. Krithi, sorry dear for the mishap ... corrected the pic:)
    Thanks a ton for sending in the entries for the event..:)

    Reva

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  32. Wonderfull your blog...
    I love your recipes.
    I have added to your followers because of the content offered is very interesting and pleasant to read.
    If you like, go and see, you're welcome.
    p.s You do a nice pictures!!!!
    The magic pumpkin

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  33. Love the bright red of the soup against the white background. Looks like something served in a star hotel. :)

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  34. Looks so yummy and mouth watering

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  35. Looks so delicious, I love tomato basil soup and love your pesto pasta pic too :)

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  36. wow.. that soup looks super! and your pictures look even more fabulous.. !

    Richa @ http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/

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  37. tomato and basil marry so well in any way and this soup will definitely taste so excellent. Love the gorgeous color.
    www.sunshineandsmile.com

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