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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Extra Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

The other day Zach and I were talking about what we usually make for dinner. The conversation went something like this. 

Zach: I love everything you make. I think I'd eat anything you make. *he looks at me for a second* Do you like everything we eat? 
Me: Eh, I kind of miss all the veggie-type dinners like soups and yummy veggie sides. But I don't think you'd probably eat those types of things. 
Zach: Nah, I'd eat anything you make at least once. 
Me: Absolutely anything? Even tomatoes. Ps: Zach hates tomatoes.
Zach: Well not tomatoes just like as they are. But I'd at least try something that had tomatoes in it.
Me: *cue the evil giggle* 

Hehe and that, my friends, is how this recipe came to be. As I said, Zach HATES tomatoes....like starts to gag a little if they are anywhere near his lips...or nose. Soooo being the amazing wife I am, I decided that the dish I would make as my "let's-see-if-he'll-eat-this-because-he-said-he'll-eat-anything-I-make was none other than tomato soup! Haha....yep I'm just that incredibly sweet! 


And guess what, ladies and gentleman (let's face it hubs is the only guy who reads my blog), he ate my tomato soup! *Insert a gasp and look of pure shock from all his relatives.* 

Gotta admit, I was a little shocked that he ate a whole bowl because, well, he ate anything that had tomato in the title without doing the whole heave-ho thing.....and I think he was a little more than shocked at the fact he kind of sorta liked it. In fact his only suggestion was next time add some potatoes and corn to it....I can totally do that y'all and still have some amazingly yummy tomato soup! You can't see it but I'm kind of sort of doing a happy dance! 

EXTRA CREAMY TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP
Serves 2
Adapted from Chef in Training

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c Butter
1 heaping Tbsp Minced Garlic 
1/4 c Flour
1 1/2 c Half and Half
2 cubes Chicken Stock Cubes mixed into about 2 Tbsp of Hot Water until melted (or you can use 2 Tbsp Chicken base but I didn't have any of that on hand)
1 can Diced Tomatoes, preferably the Basil and Italian seasoned
1/2 c fresh Tomato Puree (around 1 large tomato)
3 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Basil (about 1/4 cup of leaves chopped)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
a pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
a pinch of Red pepper Flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Start your roux by melting butter in the saucepan. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two until the garlic is tender. Stir in your flour until your roux is formed. 

2. Slowly pour in your half and half while you stir the mixture. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens a little (about 2 to 4 minutes). 

3. Stir in your chicken base, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar and all your herbs....pretty much the rest of your ingredients.....into your cream base. Keep your heat just under a boil and stir until everything is heated through (about 6 minutes for me on medium high heat). You can add a little bit of milk if the consistency is too thick for you but I love the creaminess you get just as is! 

4. Serve with crackers, crostinis, or faux Red Lobster Biscuits like I did and enjoy!!!! 

To me, this soup tasted just the perfect blend of tomato and basil with a little touch of sweet. And like the hubs suggested, I can't wait to try adding more of a chowder feel to it by adding diced up potatoes, corn, maybe a little cooked Italian sausage. Yum! 

EVER MADE YOUR HUBS SOMETHING YOU'D DEFINITELY THOUGH HE'D HATE? 



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Extra Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

The other day Zach and I were talking about what we usually make for dinner. The conversation went something like this. 

Zach: I love everything you make. I think I'd eat anything you make. *he looks at me for a second* Do you like everything we eat? 
Me: Eh, I kind of miss all the veggie-type dinners like soups and yummy veggie sides. But I don't think you'd probably eat those types of things. 
Zach: Nah, I'd eat anything you make at least once. 
Me: Absolutely anything? Even tomatoes. Ps: Zach hates tomatoes.
Zach: Well not tomatoes just like as they are. But I'd at least try something that had tomatoes in it.
Me: *cue the evil giggle* 

Hehe and that, my friends, is how this recipe came to be. As I said, Zach HATES tomatoes....like starts to gag a little if they are anywhere near his lips...or nose. Soooo being the amazing wife I am, I decided that the dish I would make as my "let's-see-if-he'll-eat-this-because-he-said-he'll-eat-anything-I-make was none other than tomato soup! Haha....yep I'm just that incredibly sweet! 


And guess what, ladies and gentleman (let's face it hubs is the only guy who reads my blog), he ate my tomato soup! *Insert a gasp and look of pure shock from all his relatives.* 

Gotta admit, I was a little shocked that he ate a whole bowl because, well, he ate anything that had tomato in the title without doing the whole heave-ho thing.....and I think he was a little more than shocked at the fact he kind of sorta liked it. In fact his only suggestion was next time add some potatoes and corn to it....I can totally do that y'all and still have some amazingly yummy tomato soup! You can't see it but I'm kind of sort of doing a happy dance! 

EXTRA CREAMY TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP
Serves 2
Adapted from Chef in Training

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c Butter
1 heaping Tbsp Minced Garlic 
1/4 c Flour
1 1/2 c Half and Half
2 cubes Chicken Stock Cubes mixed into about 2 Tbsp of Hot Water until melted (or you can use 2 Tbsp Chicken base but I didn't have any of that on hand)
1 can Diced Tomatoes, preferably the Basil and Italian seasoned
1/2 c fresh Tomato Puree (around 1 large tomato)
3 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Basil (about 1/4 cup of leaves chopped)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
a pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
a pinch of Red pepper Flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Start your roux by melting butter in the saucepan. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two until the garlic is tender. Stir in your flour until your roux is formed. 

2. Slowly pour in your half and half while you stir the mixture. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens a little (about 2 to 4 minutes). 

3. Stir in your chicken base, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar and all your herbs....pretty much the rest of your ingredients.....into your cream base. Keep your heat just under a boil and stir until everything is heated through (about 6 minutes for me on medium high heat). You can add a little bit of milk if the consistency is too thick for you but I love the creaminess you get just as is! 

4. Serve with crackers, crostinis, or faux Red Lobster Biscuits like I did and enjoy!!!! 

To me, this soup tasted just the perfect blend of tomato and basil with a little touch of sweet. And like the hubs suggested, I can't wait to try adding more of a chowder feel to it by adding diced up potatoes, corn, maybe a little cooked Italian sausage. Yum! 

EVER MADE YOUR HUBS SOMETHING YOU'D DEFINITELY THOUGH HE'D HATE? 



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