I was inspired to cook up my very first batch of (semi homemade) creamy tomato basil soup after doing a bit of snooping around over at Big Black Dog. If you haven't been over there you really should go and take a peek. There are some fantastic soup recipes over there. It made me wish for a soup loving husband! :) Big Black Dog is actually packed with tons of yummy stuff. Everything from breads, to meats, to seafood, to desserts, and everything in between.
I didn't have all of the ingredients for any of the soups over there so I poked around in my kitchen and came up with just enough stuff to put this soup together. I got the idea for the bacon from over there too. I love it!
Easy Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 12 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp dried basil
1 cup cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan
cooked crumbled turkey bacon
Heat oil in a 4 qt sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, and a bit of cracked pepper. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
In a small saucepan, heat the cream on medium low until warm but not boiling. Slowly stir cream into tomatoes. Simmer for a couple more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan cheese.
Pour soup into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Be careful not to over fill your blender and burn yourself!!
Garnish with crumbled bacon and cracked pepper (if desired).
I asked my husband how he liked this soup and if he thought it was missing anything. He glanced up in between bites, paused, and then said, "Meat". Brat!
I personally think it could have used a nice pat or two of BUTTER, but that's just me.
Thanks again to Michelle for the great ideas!