Run – do not walk – to your favorite market and get the ingredients for this one. CREAMY TOMATO SOUP needs to be simmering on your stove ASAP! This soup is so satisfying, tasty, and delicious that your family and friends will be begging you to make it again and again. This is just the best creamy tomato soup!
The ingredients for this soup blend together to create an interesting result. Each one contributes.
The pasta and white wine are optional. I like a just little pasta in this. It makes the soup heartier. For a family meal, it is a nice addition. However, it makes a lovely first course or cream soup course on its own without the pasta as well. Your choice!
No matter how you choose to serve it, you will be amazed at how easy it is to prepare and how much everyone will love it… and you!
CREAMY TOMATO SOUP
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35-40 minutes
4 Tbsp.Olive Oil
1 Large Onion – chopped
1 Fennel Bulb – chopped
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic – chopped finely
1/2 C. White Wine or Vermouth – optional
1 Bay Leaf
2 Whole Cloves
1 Slice Orange Rind
3 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Basil
1 Large Can (28 oz.) Peeled Tomatoes – crushed in blender
4 C. Beef Broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 –1 Cup Uncooked Small Pasta ( Ditalini, Tiny bows, Orzo, etc.) – optional
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 Cup Heavy Cream
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago Cheese for serving.
Chopped Fresh Basil for garnish.
Saute the chopped onion and fennel in the olive oil for about 10 minutes at medium heat.
Add the garlic and cook a minute or 2 more – do not brown or burn.
Add the wine, if using, and cook down a couple more minutes.
I like to push the cloves into the orange rind and add that way. It makes for an easy removal of the cloves later.
Now add the tomatoes, bay leaf, rind with the cloves, basil, broth, and uncooked pasta.
The pasta will cook in the soup and thicken it slightly.
Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Add the butter, and allow it to melt in, stirring.
Remove from heat and let it cool down a minute. Then add the cream. Stir in.
Remove the Bay Leaf and the Rind with the Cloves and discard before serving.
Serve your CREAMY TOMATO SOUP with grated cheese and garnish with a little fresh basil.
Prepare for sounds of contentment! Take your bow! (Exit Stage Left to the kitchen for another bowl!)
PARLA COME MANGI!
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