Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Easy Tomato Basil Soup

There is something about a warm cup of soup in the winter. Soup is also a great way to eat tons of vegetables. I recently discovered that I like tomato basil soup. I generally do not care for tomatoes, but I do like tomatoes in soup. Did you know that your taste buds change over time? Children generally have a preference for sweet things while adults usually have a broader palate and tolerate bitter things, like coffee, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, better. This just goes to show you that if you don't like something now just try, try it again. While you're at it, try this recipe and eat your veggies!

Tomato Basil Soup

2/3 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pinch crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1, 28-ounce can of crushed tomato
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or water
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon sugar

Sautee onions and garlic with butter, olive oil, and red pepper for 5 minutes. Add tomato, bail, thyme, chicken stock, salt, pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Simmer soup uncovered for 40 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this soup in this cold Winter weather. I like the dried herbs in this soup since it is cooked for a little while. If you are have fresh basil and thyme, you are welcome to substitute. Let me know how it turns out. Comment on the blog below, or ask a question via Instagram and tag me @RDtipoftheday.

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