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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Sausage: SRC



It’s the second Monday of the month which means: Secret Recipe Club!

This month, I was able to whip up something delicious from Ellie’s blog, The Bitchin’ Kitchin’.

Ellie has so many wonderful seasonal recipes to pick from, but ultimately I was drawn to her recipe for a hearty Tomato Basil Soup!

I am always looking for ways to add protein to tomato soups adding both beans and Greek yogurt,(otherwise I get hungry way too quickly) but I somehow never thought to add meat!

I did adapt the recipe a bit, reducing the amount of heavy cream.  If making this again, I would even consider omitting it entirely (it was sheer luck that I even had it on hand, I almost never use heavy cream), substituting with either whole milk or half and half (but by all means NOT fat free half and half!  Check the ingredients people, you’ll be horrified).

I served up this delicious, hearty tomato soup with another SRC favorite, Epic Grilled Cheese, made on Asiago Bread!  It was perfect on a chilly fall day!  Thank you, Ellie, for a fantastic recipe!





Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Sausage

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb mild Italian sausage
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 ½ cups lowfat milk
½ cup heavy cream
15-20 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Salt & pepper, to taste

Heat the oil in a medium soup pot over medium heat.  Add the garlic and sauté for 30-60 seconds or until fragrant.  Add the sausage and cook until browned and thoroughly cooked.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, dried basil, and oregano.  Cook for 5 minutes to reduce slightly.

Stir in the milk, cream, and fresh basil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with an additional sprinkling of freshly ground pepper and a side of Epic Grilled Cheese.

Serves 3-4



21 comments:

  1. This looks lovely Amy! So glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. This sounds wonderful! Tomato soup has always been a favorite of mine and this just takes it up a notch!

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  3. It looks wonderful - I've never thought of adding meat to this type of tomato soup before either but it would definitely make it into a lovely hearty meal.

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  4. This time of the year, there is nothing like a piping hot bowl of homemade soup to warm you up. This looks delicious.

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  5. OH wow, I usually don't like tomato soup, but that looks fantastic! I love adding cream to tomato sauces - yum. :)

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  6. Great choice for SRC. That soup is getting pinned. I had Ellie's blog not to long ago, how did I miss that soup? Nice photos and love that little grilled cheese along side.

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  7. I would have been drawn to this also. It is a hearty soup - great for the winter weather.

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  8. Sounds awesome and perfect for the chilly winter days ahead.

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  9. Yum! I love a good tomato soup and this one looks great with the addition of the sausage.

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  10. Mmmm. Love tomato soup. And with cream...

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  11. What a creative addition to your usual tomato soup! Never even thought of it either. :)

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  12. Sounds yummy!!! Love a good tomato soup especially when it's fancied up with basil. I would have never thought to add meat either.

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  13. Okay Amy, this SRC looks like it would be a lot of fun but I can't join because my blog doesn't meet the criteria....YET...but it will one day and then I hope to join you all...but don't tell because it is a secret!!

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  14. Grilled cheese and tomato basil soup - now that's a tasty comfort food menu for Fall!

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  15. This looks delicious, as a pescetarian I would substitute the sausage with shrimp. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Soup is so good for a cold day! I hardly ever have heavy cream in the fridge either but I have some leftover from another recipe at the moment and I was just thinking a rich creamy soup might make a nice change.

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  17. Sounds so good to me! Perfect for this crazy cold winter!

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  18. Yum! I just made tomato soup for lunch today, but still on the hunt for that perfect recipe. Going to have to try this one next time! :)

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  19. This is a perfect snow day recipe! Now we just need more snow!

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  20. I miss the Secret Recipe Club. I will be making this next week. How delicious looking and I know I like the ingredients!

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