Monday, January 11, 2010

Tomato Basil & Apple Soup {simple.savory.comfort}

Here is a lovely winter soup to tantalize all of your taste buds! My husband took me to a local cafe that served tomato basil apple soup and I thought it was fantastic, yet their version was a bit too sweet for my liking. So, what to do...make my own! It's super easy and only calls for a few simple ingredients.

I love honey crisp apples so I highly suggest you use them if you can find them at your local market. They are the BEST apples that I have ever had. Super crisp, and has a perfect balance of sweet and tart. If honey crisps are not available try to go for a Gala or a Fuji apple...something with a bite, but not too sweet or too tart. Granny Smith apples can be a bit to sour to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. We had this tonight along with smoked turkey deli style sandwiches!

Tomato Basil Apple Soup

2 Honey Crisp apples, peeled, and diced into chunks
1 Clove of Garlic or 1tsp. Garlic Paste
Olive Oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
10 Oz. Condensed Tomato Soup
12 oz. Whole Tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Dried or Fresh Basil
1 1/2 C. Fresh or Natural Apple Juice

Directions: Bake your apples in your oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender on 350 degrees. Set aside. Make a garlic paste by mincing your garlic, add a dash of salt and a drizzle of olive oil and continue mincing until a paste has formed. Pour your condensed soup into a large pot. Coarsely blend your whole tomatoes, garlic paste and 1 C. of your apples. Add blended mixture to your condensed soup and begin to simmer. Add in the rest of your apples, worcestershire sauce, basil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and apple juice. Continue simmering. Salt to taste. Serve with a homemade deli turkey or veggie sandwich.

1 comment:

  1. I love honey crisp apples! They are the best. Then for me comes gala and maybe pink lady apples. (I just love apples) I never had a soup with apples in it before, but I can see how the sweet and tart taste would compliment the tomato and basil. I got to try this one!