Friday, December 05, 2008

Giada's Tomato Soup with Lemon Rosemary Creme Fraiche

Ron said (and I quote...), "I could eat this soup every day." Is there a better endorsement?

I tivo Giada's Everyday Italian daily and always check out the first few minutes to see if anything looks good. I try a lot of her recipes. This one is easy and delicious. I love tomato soup and I love creme fraiche so... there you go. The only change I made to this recipe was to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, of course. Also, from the picture on the website I think I pureed mine (with an immersion blender) more than she did.

Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon and Rosemary

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup creme fraiche
Zest of one lemon

1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.
2. Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. Return the soup to a soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper.
3. In a medium bowl fold in the lemon zest and the remaining teaspoon of rosemary to 2/3 cup creme fraiche. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and dollop each bowl with the lemon rosemary creme fraiche. Serve immediately.
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Ann's Rants said...

That looks sooooooo delicious, as does all the food you've catalogued. Do you have an immersion blender? I'm so much more open to soup making now that I don't have to transfer it in batches. Your blog is so beautiful, and you are a very talented crafter and cook, apparently. Thanks for stopping and commenting today!

Kim said...

This recipe looks really good. I am a huge fan of soups.

Found you because of a quilt you posted on flickr (the bookshelf quilt) which I just love!

Don't have time to read back very far tonight but did see the post about your daughter's itchy issues. My niece has serious problems and my sister has found that Eucerin works really well at keeping the dry skin and itching under control. Maybe you've already tried it, but thought I'd mention it.

I'll be back to visit often, with all your great recipes and quilting projects to check out :-)

karenfae said...

I tried the soup - wonderful! I will pass the recipe to my daughter she loves making soup and if I loved it she will for sure!