Chief Longwind's Tomato-Basil Soup

Joined Jun 7, 2021
This gives a very nice and creamy soup that will warm your bones. Serve with a good, crusty artisan bread.

6 medium, ripened-on-the-vine tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tbs. dry basil
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper

Blanch the tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water to loosen the skins. Remove the skins. Sauté the onion in 2 tbs. olive oil until softened, you may caramelize them if you wish, but it isn't essential. Add the minced garlic to the onion and cook for another half minute; then add the tomatoes. Heat through and use and immersion blender, or pour into a stand blender to liquefy. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes more.

The beauty of this soup is that you can alter the herbs or add other spices to turn it into anything you want. You could add cream if you desire, which is very tasty, or throw in some thyme, rosemary, and ground beef to turn it into a Bolognese sauce. Add carrots and celery, maybe a little dill weed, to give it a more French flavor. You can really do whatever you want with it. But it's pretty tasty just as is too.

Serve with a great grilled cheese, or pastrami sandwich.

Seeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
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