Home Made Basil Tomato Soup

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup, mc2creativeliving.com

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup

FINALLY!!!!!!!  My Roma tomatoes are ripe and ready to enjoy! I have been waiting all summer long to be able to cook with my own tomatoes, and they actually almost didn’t make it. When I started my garden, in my anticipation, I over fertilized my tomato plants, which resulted in blossom end rot on the first batch of tomatoes.

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup, mc2creativeliving.com


Once I realized what was happening, (over fertilizing with a high nitrate fertilizer prevents the plant from absorbing the calcium they need). I added calcium to the tomato plant pots and removed all of the green tomatoes that were suffering with blossom end rot. I removed about 30 tomatoes!!!! And of course I stopped fertilizing.

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup, mc2creativeliving.com

Luckily for me, more flowers developed and with the warm weather we had this fall, and I was still able to harvest a lot of super delicious Roma tomatoes. I had to decide what I was going to make with them, and tomato soup came to mind.

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup, mc2creativeliving.com

Besides tomato sauce, tomato soup is a good way to use all of these delicious tomatoes, and although I like to cook this soup for hours, it’s really easy to make. Let it simmer for hours to bring out all the goodness and flavour!

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup, mc2creativeliving.com

Home Made Basil Tomato Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
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Ingredients
  • 5 pounds of Roma tomatoes (peeled and seeded)
  • 2 onions (coarsely chopped)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped) or 1/2 tsp of dry rosemary
  • 1 sprig of fresh oregano (chopped) or 1/2 tsp of dry oregano
  • 1/3 cup of freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup of freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar
Directions
  1. Start by peeling and removing the seeds from the tomatoes (to peel, make a X at the base of the tomatoes with a sharp knife).
  2. Plunge the tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice cold water. The peel will come off by itself.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds.
  4. In a large pot, heat up a 1/4 cup of olive oil.
  5. Add in the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add in the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients.
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 hours.
  8. Remove the bay leaves.
  9. Transfer to a food processor and liquify.
  10. Return to the pot and simmer for another hour.
  11. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.

 

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