For a special lunch, serve topped with your favourite grilled cheese sandwich, cut into croutons - perfect comfort food.
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced (127 g)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 ½ lb. (1.6 kg) your favourite greenhouse tomatoes (we used 8 large ripe red Beefsteak tomatoes), peeled, seeded and chopped
- 2 cups (480 mL) quality vegetable stock (for vegetarian version) or chicken stock
- A few sprigs fresh basil
- A 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and pepper
- ½ cup (120mL) 35% cream or non-dairy milk (for vegan version), optional
- Heat olive oil in a stockpot over low-medium heat. Add onion and cook stirring frequently until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- Add peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes with their juices. Add stock and basil sprigs with half the salt and pepper and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered until slightly thickened about 25-30 minutes. Puree with a stick blender. Return to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Add in cream or milk, if using, and heat through about 2 minutes. Do not boil.
- Taste and re-season with remaining salt and pepper, if required.
- Serve immediately garnished with fresh chopped basil and grilled cheese croutons, if using.
Keeps for a few days in the fridge or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Chef's Tip: this soup is quite creamy even without the cream or non-dairy milk. Omit if you prefer as the taste will still be excellent!