Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nectar of the Gods

I got this recipe from my sister, Pam. She got it from a Lion House cookbook. Her family named it Nectar of the Gods, and believe me, it's an appropriate name. I'm sure I've changed it a bit from the original, but I don't remember what those changes are. Kristen and Jared make it in the summer with garden tomatoes and freeze it in bags to enjoy all winter.

12 to 15 roma tomatoes
4 cans tomato soup
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup beef stock or consomme
1 big bunch fresh basil leaves
3/4 - 1 cup sugar
2-3 cups cream or half and half or whole milk
salt and pepper

Kristen and Jared start by blanching the tomatoes to remove the skins. That's a great idea as the soup does have little bits of skin in it.

Cut tomatoes in half and put on a sprayed baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 350 until the tomatoes are soft and browned. Meanwhile, combine soups in a large pot and start to heat. When tomatoes are soft, bubbly and browned, put them in a blender with the coarsely chopped basil. Put a towel over the lid while you blend. OR (and this is what I do) add the tomatoes and basil to the pot and use an immersible blender to blend all together well. Heat through. When all is well blended and hot, add sugar, cream and salt and pepper. Do not boil. Heat and serve.


Ming said...

This soup really is delicious. We have it all the time. I just peel the skins off after I roast the tomatoes. They are really easy to peel off once they've been roasted.

Shonna said...

I love this soup!

Ada said...

This soup has been so appropriately named! We made it and love it!

Missy said...

mmmm. love this soup, too - I was actually just going to make it tonight - It is the first thing I think of when I see the basil plants show up in the stores! I've tried it with dried basil and it just isn't the same.

Kay Hinton said...

We've been eating this a lot lately with the fresh tomatoes from our garden. Yum! On a whim, I stuck a spoonful of leftover rice in a bowl I was heating up for lunch and LOVED it! Tomato basil rice soup! Just another idea for you!