As the days get warmer, and the sun shines longer, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen. Especially with the oven on…too hot! As I mentioned before, I try to search out recipes that are fast, simple, and require very minimal cooking. But just because you want a simpler recipe, does not mean that flavor has to be lost.
This is a very simple soup, although I’ve noticed I say that quite a bit! Nonetheless, it’s hearty enough to fill you up (thanks to the rice)- but not too much that you feel stuffed. And, it’s easy since I cooked it between going for a run. Once all the ingredients were boiling, I grabbed my shoes for a quick run around the Mall. By the time I came back, the soup was done cooking.
We let it cool off a bit before we ate, a bit more “gazpacho” style. And even though it was cooler, it still had the great flavor. Tomato season hasn’t started yet, but this would be a great one to do with fresh tomatoes rather than the canned. It would give the soup more flavor. But that’s something we’ll have to wait for, and enjoy over the summer.
We bought some bread from the Farmer’s Market, and ate it with the soup. The bread was dense, and it absorbed some of the liquid from the soup, giving it a little more flavor. Yum!
Tomato Soup with Basil
Adapted from: A Chow Life Blog
4 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans whole tomatoes (28 oz each)
1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 chicken bouillon
2 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1/4 cup rice
In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, let it sauté for about 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Then add the tomatoes, basil, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 minute. Then add the bouillon, broth and water. Stir in the rice, and cover the pot until the soup is boiling.
Let it simmer for 15-25 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the soup and add them to a food processor (or blender). Blend until it turns into smaller chunks (choose the consistency to your liking). Pour back into the pot, cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
When serving, feel free to sprinkle some basil as a garnish.