Tomato basil soup with crème fraîche

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For California standards it is freezing!!!  I have been wearing my snow boots, sitting next to the fire, and enjoying beautiful chilly mornings….and making tomato soup!

This creamy soup is warm, savory and perfect for winter days.  I had some extra duck stock left over from Thanksgiving and added about 2 tablespoons.  The duck stock adds a rich and smooth flavor to the soup.

Serve with a dollop of creme fresh and fresh basil pesto!  If you don’t have this French cream you could also add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter

2 shallots

3 cloves garlic

1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste

pinch of sea salt

2 (28 ounces) canned crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

1 2/3 cups chicken stock (or combination of beef, chicken and duck)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Crème fraîche

basil pesto

In a large soup pot, melt the butter and sauté the shallots, garlic, tomato paste and salt together.  Sauté until shallots are soft (about 5 minuets).
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Add the chicken stock and whisk together until the mixture begins to simmer.

In a blender, cream together the crushed tomatoes and stock mixture.  When this has a creamy, soup like consistency transfer back to the pot.  Add the cream and simmer until ready to serve.  I would recommend transferring the soup you do not want to eat to glass jars and store in the refrigerator as you do not want to over cook the soup.

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Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and fresh basil pesto.

*Crème fraîche is a cultured French sour cream that is slightly more creamy and richer in taste than normal sour cream.  It adds a creamy, yet, not too tart addition to soups.  In France they add it to soups, savory crepes and chicken dishes.  Its full of good fats and tastes delicious!

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One thought on “Tomato basil soup with crème fraîche

  1. Hi Caroline,
    I LOVE your Blog! Already tried three of your recipes and will do more most definitely! The second time I made this soup I accompanied it with the Parmesan Crisps…yumm! Thanks for sharing the deliciousness!! Greetings from Germany!

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