If I remember correctly, my Creamy Tomato Basil Soup recipe is inspired by 2 or 3 different recipes from around the web. Inspiration was taken from Ina Garten's Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, as well as from this blog, originally found on pinterest! I think there might have been an original Weight Watchers recipe for inspiration as well! This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe, it is only 1 points plus for 1 CUP!! Also, this recipe makes A LOT of soup!! Go big or go home right? Well, be prepared to freeze some...or just cut the recipe in half if you don't have a lot of soup eaters in your family.
And with my own spin & twist....here it is! I do plan to enter it in a contest one day, how the heck do I copyright this recipe?!
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 medium leeks, chopped (white parts only)
3-4 medium garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
salt & pepper to taste
6oz can tomato paste
12oz can tomato sauce
4 - 26oz cans whole tomatoes
8 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
2 - 26oz cans diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
fresh chopped basil (1/2 cup or to taste)
2 - 12oz cans fat free evaporated milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a VERY LARGE POT!--professional chef, right here baby!
Add chopped leeks and saute until soft, about 5-10 minutes. Add chopped garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add cans of whole tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down, about 10-15 minutes.
Add broth, bring to boil and reduce to simmer, cover and let cook 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaves. Using immersion blender, blend until smooth. If using a food processor or regular blender, let cool completely before you puree mixture to avoid burns.
Add soup back to pot if needed. Add cans of diced tomatoes and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let cook, uncovered, until soup reduces some ---professional chef strikes again! Anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours...or longer! Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add a teaspoon of baking soda before adding the evaporated milk, to avoid curdling. Simmer to heat milk through. Remove from heat. Add as much, or as little, basil as you like. I LOOOVE the taste of basil, so I add A LOT! I have used both fresh, chopped basil, as well as a tube of chopped, fresh basil herb blend by Gourmet Garden. I used half of the tube! I've added the tubed basil before adding the milk as well, whatever floats your boat!
And that's it! Feel free to garnish with additional thyme or basil. Serve immediately or refrigerate/freeze until ready to eat! Enjoy!!!
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