Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 10, 2012

in bread, vegetables, vegetarian

There is a very good reason for my long post hiatus.

I’d bore you with the details if I thought that it even mattered, but to be honest, I figure you all would rather one good, quality post with a delicious recipe or food event, instead of a glorified picture of a bowl from Chipotle. Or a picture of my Chinese food. Or a picture of the deli meat I ate for a snack. You don’t come here just to see what I’m eating, but rather what I’m cooking.

So, no major stories or anything, but I can assure you that there are a minimum of five stellar posts coming, at least two giveaways, and one very chocolate-centric post!

But for now: tomato soup.

It’s fall here, finally. Like officially, leaves-changing, pumpkins everywhere, apple-picking fall! Fall means soup. My friend Heidi sent me this recipe for crock pot tomato basil parmesan soup and said it was “the best soup ever.”

That meant I had to try it. And I didn’t have time for a crock pot, so I adjusted the recipe for stove top and immediate cooking.

Finely chopped veggies:

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Lower-fat options including a substitute of evaporated skim milk instead of the cream, real parmesan cheese, and of course, fresh tomatoes. Lots of fresh tomatoes. Oh, and super-crispy grilled cheese sandwiches cut into tiny cubes as croutons.

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It really was, once I got the seasoning right, the best tomato soup I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t recommend using salt-free chicken stock, especially if using fresh tomatoes, since we had to add a significant amount of salt.

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But, added salt aside, this was delicious. I ate it for days, shared it, and really loved having a delicious homemade soup at my disposal for nearly a week.

Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

From 365 Days of Slow Cooking

My adaptations are in red

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice (about 2 lbs. fresh tomatoes)

1 cup finely diced celery

1 cup finely diced carrots

1 cup finely diced onions

1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano

1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil

4 cups broth

½ bay leaf

½ cup flour (I used whole wheat)

1 cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup butter (2 Tablespoons)

2 cups half and half, warmed (One can evaporated skim milk plus 1/2 cup skim milk)

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add celery, onions and carrots. Saute 5 minutes. Add basil, oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender (15 minutes).

2. While soup simmers, prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat, add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes.

3. Simmer, stirring constantly, until soup begins to thicken. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk to blend. Stir warmed milks, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Besides, any excuse for tiny grilled cheese sandwiches as croutons is good in my book!

xoxo
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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

This looks delicious! I especially love the idea of using grilled cheese for croutons. I cannot wait to try it :)

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Biz October 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I an looking away from the onions, but this looks delicious! I am loving our weather!
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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I seriously don’t get how you eat ANYTHING if you hate onions so much! Seriously, you can’t taste the onions, just the deliciousness :)

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Marianne October 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Recipe saved! I am totally busting out the slow cooker to make this. The weather has finally gotten cold here, and it’s time for soups and stews!
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Lisa October 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This looks heavenly! Tomato is my favorite soup. I tried to make it from scratch once and it was…ok….not fantastic. It was a tad bland and bitter even though I added brown sugar to it. Definitely going to try your version.
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Roz@weightingfor50 October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Looks delish Mara. Glad you’re back and looking forward to your lined-up posts! All the best.
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Jenn@slim-shoppin October 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I’ve never made tomato soup from scratch before! I guess I always thought it was harder than that.

Glad all is OK and looking forward to your new posts!

Happy Friday!!!!!

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Jeannie October 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Why am I having trouble locating this 365 Days of Slow Cooking? Not in our library system — soooo unusual — and not at Barnes and Noble directly. Something like their marketplace for $40. I don’t think so… not at that price. Sure looks like a great book…
Could it possibly be new?

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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