Monday, May 3, 2010

Creamy Tomato Coconut Soup

This meal is an interesting twist on a 'comfort food' staple. Yesterday was an icky, rainy day; one of those days where you just don't want to go outside at all. A day all about movies and crafts and... cooking.

I asked honey what he wanted to have for dinner and he said 'that great tomato soup you make'. Me, being as I am thought I should throw a twist into my already homemade tomato soup. It turned out herby and flavorful and great!

And so what goes better with tomato soup than grilled cheese? I mean, I'm not going to mess with that!! That being said, I AM going to mess with my recipe... why the heck not! Please please take a look at the post for Caramelized onion grilled cheese; you have got to make it with this soup... so so good!!

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons garlic, chopped or smashed
2 cans (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 can coconut milk
2-3 Tablespoons fresh basil, julienned and sliced down the middle

In a soup pot, add your oil; heat and then toss in onions and garlic. Sautee on hight about 5 minutes, until translucent and soft. Reduce heat and add in your two cans of tomatoes, curry, salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. mix to incorporate, cover and let simmer on med/low, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile.... prep your grilled cheese onions, etc... see the recipe!!

After about 10-15 min of soup simmering, uncover and add your can of coconut milk and basil. Reduce heat to low and let cook another 5 to 8 minutes.

If you have a hand blender (best investment ever!!!) immerse it into the soup and give it a blend. Note: you don't have to completely puree it... let it have a little texture! If you don't have a hand blender, transfer into a blender and roughly blend; again, texture. Then transfer back into the pot. But seriously... spend the money for a hand blender!! You can get really expensive ones but some are really cheap; mine is nothing fancy but it sure is powerful and it definitely gets the job done without dirtying the whole blender!

Of course, you must serve with the caramelized onion grilled cheese. For the soup, I, of course, put it in a bowl :) On a plate which carried the sandwich goodness. This is truly a meal worth making!


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