It’s another snow day in Maryland! If you’re a regular reader, you know by now that I’ve been making all sorts of soups this season. Today I’ve made a super simple tomato basil soup that everyone will enjoy, especially on a cold, snowy day.
Benefits of Eating Tomatoes
Did you know that technically, tomatoes are part of the fruit family? These savory fruits are packed full of nutrients! Benefits to eating tomatoes include:
- They’re rich in lycopene–One of the most potent antioxidants in the food world, lycopene protects the eyes, heart, brain, and stomach. Medical professionals and dietitians have studied the antioxidant in depth, and have determined that it may prevent many forms of cancer.
- Cooked tomatoes are better–You read that right. Cooked tomatoes actually release more lycopene and nutrients than raw ones. So by all means, enjoy tomatoes in soups, sauces, stew, chili, and other cooked tomato dishes!
- They contain loads of beta-carotene–Don’t think that only carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Tomatoes are also loaded with this essential nutrient that the body converts into vitamin A. If you want a healthy glow to your skin, tomatoes are the way to go!
Pureed Tomato Basil Soup
6 tomatoes, quartered
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 large can plum tomatoes in their juice
1 small onion, diced
1 handful of basil, chopped finely plus extra for garnish
2 Tbsp minced garlic, divided
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 brown sugar or sweetener of your choosing
1. Spread quartered tomatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp of garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Bake in oven at 375 degrees uncovered for 40 minutes.
2. Saute onion in remaining oil and garlic until softened, about 10 minutes. Add 2 cans of tomatoes and basil. Bring mixture to a low boil. When the tomatoes in the oven are fully roasted, add them to the pot.
3. Simmer for 15 minutes. Use an immersion blender or high speed blender (i.e. a Vitamix) to puree the soup until smooth. Return soup back to pot and add sugar. If you’d like, add water to thin the soup out to the consistency you’d like
4. Serve hot. Garnish with basil and crusted bread (optional).
Hope everyone tries out this delicious soup! It was super easy to make, not to mention very delicious. Happy eats!