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Quick tomato basil soup

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Tomato & basil go so well together that it can practically be used in making any meal interesting and flavorful. Here is a quick bisque like thick soup recipe.

Tomato basil soup

Kind of food: Appetizer/ side
Makes: 4 cups
How long: 20 min
Pots & pans: Pot

1 can tomato paste ( 4 oz can)  or 8 oz can of crushed tomato)
1/4 cup Fresh basil chopped (or combination of fresh and dried herb)
1 tbsp plain flour ( or cornstarch)
1 tbsp butter
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock ( or equivalent qty of Bullion)
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup cream (heavy cream, half & half, or just milk to go  low fat)
2 cups Water

How to make:
On a heavy bottomed pan, place the tomato paste and 2 cup of water and 1 cup of stock. Stir the mixture well to dissolve and combine the paste, water and stock. Bring this to a boil. While the soup is heating up, on a small sauce pan melt the the butter. Once the butter is melted, sprinkle the flour and keep stirring for a minute or two. Add this mixture to the soup and keep stirring while adding it in. Add the fresh basil and season with salt & pepper.  Boil the soup for about 7-8 minutes or more if desired. Turn on the heat and add in the cream. Do not boil the soup after adding the cream.

While the soup is boiling. Cut some fresh bread into 1 inch thick slices. Set on a baking sheet and brush with some olive oil or butter. Sprinkle some dried herbs if your choice or use some fresh basil left over from the soup recipe.  Place it under a broiler for a minute or 2 till the bread warms up and browns just a little ( remember – bread tends to brown a little bit more after you remove it from the broiler)

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

To make a breakfast meal version of the soup:
Bring the soup to a simmer. Crack an egg and drop it in on the soup. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes or till the egg is poached. Transfer carefully into a bowl and spring salt & pepper on top of the egg.

Tip, tricks & alternatives
Add garlic for some extra flavor
Make more and save – The soup stays well for a few days in the fridge


January 2, 2009 at 4:44 am Leave a comment

Creamy curried pumpkin soup

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This version of pumpkin soups is comfort food.  It is tastes like a good curry, but eliminates the process of making the curry sauce.


Kind of Food: Main course / side dish
How long: 30-35 min
Makes: 2 Quart or 8 cups
Pots & Pans: Stockpot

3 cups of pumpkin puree (available in the canned foods section)
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 whole green chilly (slit in the center)
1 Tbsp of your favorite curry powder (substitute: garam masala)
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp salt
6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup coconut milk
3 Tbs of fresh finely chopped basil  and/or cilantro

How to make

In a stock pot saute the garlic,  onion and green chilly with olive oil.  Add salt to fasten the cooking process. Once the onions turn translucent (approximately 4-5) minutes add the pumpkin puree.  Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and curry powder and cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.  Now add the stock and make the mixture homogeneous by stirring.  Boil it on medium low heat for 10 – 15 minutes.  Add coconut milk.  Heat thoroughly mixing the soup for 2 -3 minutes without letting it boil vigorously.  Remove it from the heat and add cilantro and/or basil.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Catering to adult palate
Add chopped fennel or celery or bell peppers or carrots to onion at the beginning of the recipe.

Tips, Tricks & Alternatives
Roasted purred carrots can also be used instead of canned pureed pumpkin.  Left over roasted carrots will work good too.
You could add rice noodles (‘cos they cook fast) after adding the coconut milk to convert this soup into a noodle soup.  If you choose to add noodles, then add 1 cup of water along with the coconut milk and let it cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes.
Left overs can be used as pasta sauce.  Toss it with cooked pasta and top it with grated parmesan.

Serving ideas
Can be served with fresh bread or pita or nan.
Can be served with a light  asian salad for a complete meal.  Check Quick Mango salad recipe.
Can be served in coffee mugs in a party as an interesting hors d’oeruvres (appetizer)

November 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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