Rich, Creamy, Tomato Soup with hints of Roasted Garlic and Herbs. MMM mmmMM soup is just one of those things that brings complacency and peace when it’s on the table. Being Soyfree, which is my worst sensitivity, is really the hardest to overcome. It means almost no packaged or pre-made soups and that rule goes to just about everything. There seems to be Soy and MSG in almost all of it. It is getting a little better these days, but just not fast enough. Now I can finally find, some soups that do not have MSG and no Soy, but it is rare. So I created this soup adding some of my favorite herbs; Basil, Oregano and Garlic. I love, love, love, garlic! I don’t think I could live without it. My mom and half bro, say they cannot tolerate it. What a shame, they like pizza though. Um you guys know there is garlic salt or garlic powder in the sauce right? No, they don’t, nor would they admit it. You all have family that is totally weird, right? Or maybe they have some off the wall habits, issues, or something else. Some day we will have a contest to see whose family is the weirdest. And the prize, well there is none, but at least there will be soup to soothe the soul.
What is it about a cold, cloudy day that warrants soup? Nice hot, soothing, healing soup. The clouds feel kind of heavy, there is a cool breeze, well as cool as Arizona gets in January, and the rumble in my tummy wants something hot and filling just not heavy. I am sitting here listening to Dave Matthews Satellite song, which by the way is my absolute favorite mellow song in the world. My hubby and I had the pleasure of just saying Hello in passing to Dave when he was filming for Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, who we were also blessed to say hello to, in passing. I still feel like it was a dream. We were in Maui, Hawaii viewing different resorts for our wedding and we were so lucky to be at the resort while they were filming. When Dave said hello, he was so tall and he bowed, too cool. It was just a quick moment but time froze and it was AWESOME. If you see the movie which I recommend, there is a seen with a bar (it’s at the end of the movie) that is separate from the Resort, overlooking the water. It was beautiful, and was not there before when we had visited a few years prior. Well I fell in love with it, and I wanted our reception there, turned out it was a set that they were taking down as soon as they were done filming. I was kind of ticked they didn’t keep it, but I guess they couldn’t. We ended up not having our wedding in Maui, at all, but at least we got to go snorkeling and see celebs and a huge sea turtle. Usually I am not the type that knows actors names, nor do I follow them, or give a crap what they are wearing. But, this was the golden trio for me. I may not know anything about their personal lives, nor do I feel the need, I do however have great respect for all three. I learned the hard way that I really dislike the paparazzi, though. They were like animals, bullies, intrusive, and lacked respect in all manner. I don’t think anyone deserves that, especially the young kids to the stars. I know I am rambling, just some random thoughts coming in.
Creamy Tomato Herb with Roasted Garlic Soup
Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Tomato Soup with Vegan option
- 1 TBSP. Olive Oil
- 4 large Garlic Cloves
- 3 Cups Chicken Stock (homemade is best or use Vegetable Broth for Vegan option)
- 4 Cups whole Cherry tomatoes (can sub for different ripe tomato)
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Oregano
- 1/3 Cup fresh Basil (or about 1 heaping tsp. dried)
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or alternative)
- 1 TBSP. Cornstarch (optional for thickening soup)
- In a small bowl or measuring cup put cornstarch in cold Almond milk and stir until dissolved and set aside. [Skip this step if omitting Cornstarch]
- In a large stock pot, saute’ Garlic Cloves in the oil for about 5 minutes on medium. Brown lightly on sides, turning often.
3. After garlic is done, leave it in the pot and add broth, tomatoes, salt and oregano. Heat to boiling, then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
4. Then add Almond Milk with Cornstarch, slowly while whisking gently until thickens on medium low heat.
5. Turn off heat and add fresh basil. If you omitted cornstarch, add milk here. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. You may also just add cooled mixture to a normal blender or blend tomatoes with broth before cooking if preferred, then when you add the fresh basil make sure you finely cut or chiffonade it before adding it at the end.
To learn how to chiffonade this link might help. http://www.finecooking.com/articles/cutting-chiffonade-basil.aspx To see what I paired this soup with see my review for Udi’s http://joyandsensitivity.com/fsreviews/udis/