Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

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Wow what a day!  Last day of vacation here and so I am livin’ it up as much as possible.  I woke up extra early just to enjoy as much of the day as possible.  Alongside the Prosciutto & Asparagus Pizza we enjoyed some homemade tomato basil soup last night.  I was too tired to blog about it, but still feel it’s necessary!  It was amazingly good.  I admit I had never made tomato soup before.  I don’t know if I thought it would be a difficult or lengthy task, but it really wasn’t.  It was super simple, and the greatest thing about it was the freshness.  I feel super proud of myself for this soup because it was made with my very own chicken broth.  Let me tell you – you can tell the difference.  I actually drank a mug full of my warm chicken broth at breakfast this morning and the flavor was incredible.  It doesn’t taste like the store bought junk…it’s rich, not at all watered down, and very filling.  It’s no wonder what made my tomato soup so awesome!  I will be making my own broth from now on; in fact, I have a few recipes coming up this week that will call for it.

So other than the obvious reason of homemade broth saving you some money — why should you drink it by the mug full at breakfast!?  You’re probably thinking I’m pretty weird.  Well, let’s just say the old remedy of drinking chicken soup when you have a cold had to come from somewhere.  Problem is, with the way people eat now that solution is somewhat of a myth.  If you’re sick and you eat some chicken soup from a can – you might as well consider yourself sick for another week or so.  But at one time it was true — and it is from the mineral rich bone broth that we cure these ailments.  Most of the time when you make soup you only cook it for a few hours, and you eat the meat and vegetables…but what about the bones?  Eating the veggies will surely get some minerals in you, but what about what’s still in those bones!?  Making broth for several hours (8-24) from your leftover bones (in the case of my chicken broth I used the entire carcass, skin, cartilage, etc.) will draw out all of those nutrients and minerals that can be lacking in the standard diet.  Broth made from bones supplies our bodies with magnesium, phosphorus, and lots of calcium in a form that is easily digested.  Also, when drinking bone broth you will get lots of gelatin (aids in the treatment of diseases as well as promotes healthy digestion).  Here’s the big one — collagen is also found in bones!  If you drink bone broth on a regular basis guess what you can treat — cellulite!  Yup.  The nutrients in bone broth, namely the collagen, will help support the structure of your cells.  The appearance of cellulite is merely lack of structure or support of your fat cells — collagen comes in and helps them out; hence, making your butt and thighs less dimple-like.  Haha, who wants to raise their hand in promotion of drinking broth!?  I know I do.

my homemade broth - it's even darker than the store bought stuff

You can use the broth in all sorts of things…try this homemade Tomato Basil Soup on for size.

Ingredients

  • 5 vine-ripened tomatoes, cleaned and cut in quarters
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 c. homemade chicken broth
  • 6 oz. tomato paste (check your label here)
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Process

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place quartered tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste and toss.

    you don't want Romas here -- go for the variety still on the vine if you can

  3. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. While tomatoes are baking, cut up your onion and garlic.  Heat coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  5. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
  6. Once tomatoes are ready, add them to the mix and cook for a minute or so.
  7. Add broth, tomato paste, basil, and the measured salt and pepper.  Continue mixing until the tomato paste has dissolved.
  8. Bring to a gentle boil, cover with lid, set heat to low and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Super easy, right!?  Once time is up you could transfer the mixture to a food processor to blend until it’s smooth but why mess with the hassle!?  I like mine a little chunky anyway so we ate it as is.  You want food to just taste good, not be a hassle.  We topped ours with a little sprinkle of goat cheese leftover from the pizza.  Hope you enjoy it!

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