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Verses from my Kitchen: Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

November 29, 2010

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

I've been on a bisque and soup kick lately and it's not even winter yet. 'Tis the season, right? The frigid mornings have come en masse recently and a thick layer of frost covers my lawn as each day is proclaimed the coldest one yet. The sad thing is it's only going to get worse. The really sad thing is this is only the beginning.  Thank goodness for soup days like these.

The marriage of all the wonderful flavours is the secret to this Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto. Each ingredient fittingly enhanced when paired with another. The intense plum tomatoes lend to the richness of the soup. Everything else comes together and is beautifully balanced and the pesto at the end adds a lovely tang to the finish. It really has a great depth of taste!

Making soup also gives you the flexibility to garnish and tailor it for a dinner party or you can go really simple and serve it as is for an afternoon dish. The best of both worlds switched up quite easily. As someone who loves hosting a dinner party but feels equally comfortable sharing a bowl of soup on a lazy Sunday with my wife, this is my kind of soup. It satisfies all my cravings.

Since this was on those lazy-type days, I kept it easypeasy. I softened a clove of crushed garlic and added tinned-San Marzano tomatoes, a bit of sugar and a dash of salt, vegetable stock and sour cream. In went my handheld immersion blender and a few turns later I was done. That's it. Super simple, fresh and delicious.

I had enough for a couple of bowls and enough left to freeze for one of those really lazy days in the future. You know, the PJ-wearing slept-the-morning-away kind of days. It doesn't happen often, but it happens.

Tomato Soup with Pesto. Yum!

Happy Eating~!

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At November 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Chef Dennis Littley said...

now that is a perfect soup, and anything that easy and that delicious has to be on everyone's table!!

At November 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm your newest happy follower.

At November 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Dennis. Congrats once again on your blog's anniversary! Amazing!

Moogie, so happy to have you! Thanks for taking time out of your day to drop in and follow along.

At November 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Mmm, that looks gorgeous. I love the addition of the pesto with tomato soup...a match made in heaven.

At November 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thank you! It's definitely one of those classic food pairings.

At December 1, 2010 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Tes said...

What a delicious soup! I don't know why we order take out anymore.
PS: love the music in your site :)

At December 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

I'm glad you like the soup, Tes! And the music too, of course. :)


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