After my wonderful basil plant decided to take a kamikazi suicide mission off my balcony, I had to salvage the remaining leaves and sent that wonderful plant up to basil heaven. I was really upset. That plant produced so much in a few short months. What a loss.
I used the dearly departed basil leaves in this yummy soup. This recipe called for some of my garden fresh basil leaves, onions, carrots, tomato and a few other goodies. Unfortunately I was short on tomatoes. I was able to pull some from the refrigerator, some from my garden, but it just was not enough. I decided to make it a carrot, tomato, basil soup. Why not? So long as it tastes good, who cares about the name. This soup was served as an appetizer for our main chicken dinner.
½ chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped basil
½ cup peeled tomatoes
2 tbs olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 dash onion powder
2 dash red hot chili powder
1 crushed, peeled, diced garlic clove
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350°.
This is a pretty simple soup recipe. Take the bulk of your ingredients, carrots, onion, tomatoes and fry them on a skillet. When you fry them, use only salt and olive oil. You want them soft enough to toss in the food processor. Chop your basil into small pieces and toss that into the frying pan. When it all look soft dump it into the food processor and blend away.
When I make this soup, I put the sour cream and some of the hot water into the food processor. Continue blending. At this point it is a judgement call, how watery do you want this soup? My advice is to keep if fairly thin, but creamy. We want something delicious but not too heavy or filling.
After blending pour the contents back into the pan and start with you seasoning. You can toss in your butter at this point. If you want to add more water and run it through the food processor again, go for it.
Keep the soup warm on the stove until ready to serve. I garnished it with some basil leaves.
|The little tomatoes came from my garden|
|It looks like barf, but tastes very good.|
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