By: Chef Laura Bonicelli
Tomato Basil Soup is one of my favorite late-summer comfort food dishes. I reserve it for those days when there’s a hint of coolness in the mornings. Buy your tomatoes and basil at your favorite Farmers Market!
About Tomato Basil Soup
I don’t peel tomatoes often. It’s an extra step that I usually try to avoid. In this case, if you want a smooth tomato basil soup without tomato skins, the tomatoes need to be peeled. It’s simple. Drop the tomatoes in boiling water. Let the skins split; this takes about 30 seconds. Remove the tomatoes to a bowl of cold water and pull off the peels.
In researching other Tomato Basil Soup recipes, I found many seeding the tomatoes. I think that a good portion of the tomato’s flavor is in the gel surrounding the seeds. So, that all stays for this soup. They are a mess to chop up, so I have a procedure for that. First, put a cutting board on top of a bowl or container, partially covering the top. Second, chop a tomato. Third, slide the tomato, and the juices, into the container.
You’ll notice that there are only a few ingredients in this soup. The hero is the tomatoes. The stock is essential, providing a background for the flavorful tomatoes once cooked and pureed. The red onion and garlic sauteed in the olive oil give it a beautiful flavor base. If you don’t have red onion, you can use yellow onion, but it will change the soup’s flavor.
Step by Step Instructions
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