Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Before I left on my trip, I was so excited to find this almond cashew cream at The Grain Bin in Alexandria.  I didn’t get a chance to use it before I left so I wanted to try it today. I didn’t make it to the store yet, so I had to create something with what we had.  Using store bought broth, canned tomatoes, and the vegetables I had left in the crisper, I created this easy creamy soup.  I made the soup dairy free and gluten free but you can always use real cream in place of the almond and cashew cream if you want dairy in it and top it with parmesan.

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup


2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 organic carrot, chopped

1 organic celery stalk, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

28 ounces of diced or crushed tomatoes (I used one fire roasted and one plain)

4 cups good quality vegetable broth

Pink Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper

3/4 cup to 1 cup almond-cashew cream (I used 3/4 cup but if you want it creamier, add more)

1/4 cup basil, torn

 

Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a soup pot.  Once the oil is hot, add onions, carrots, and celery and season with the Himalayan pink salt.  Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until soft and onions turn golden, about 15 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook about another minute more.

Add the broth and tomatoes.  Season with pink salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower to a simmer for another 15 minutes.

Reserve one cup of the soup if you want some texture (I did) and add the rest to your Vitamix,  high speed blender, or use immersion blender to puree the mixture.  Return the soup to the pot and add the almond cashew cream and basil and simmer it another 15 minutes or so.  Simmer longer for thicker consistency.

 

 

Top it with more basil and Italian Seasoning Grinder. If you consume dairy, top it with fresh parmesan.

 

Serve hot and enjoy!

If you want to kick it up a notch, serve it over turkey meatballs.  They were a great addition but are not gluten free.  If you are like the guys in my house and love bread, make a nice crusty bread or grilled cheese to dunk in it.  I loved it plain.

 

The vitamix makes soup nice and creamy even before adding the cream.  If you are interested in a vitamix, visit http://www.vitamix.com and enter my affiliate code 06-008336 to get free shipping ($25 value).  Let me know if you have questions.  If you use this code, your name will also go into a drawing for a gift basket of some of my favorite things that I will be drawing for May 1st. You have to be sure to enter the code to get in the drawing.

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