Sunday, January 25, 2009

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup & Cornbread

We have a diner in town, and on it's menu is "Creamy Tomato With Basil Soup". They serve it with a nice chunk of cornbread and a small salad. A Perfect Cold-Weather Lunch... until you realize how buttery the cornbread is, and that they used REAL cream in the soup. Oh yes, it's delicious with a capital "D" (which rhymes with " T " which stands for "Tubby"). I might as well have slathered it onto my hips, 'cuz that's where it landed once I ate it!

Shortly after my taste buds fell head-over-heels-in-love with this soup, I joined Weight Watchers. I bought one of their cookbooks titled "Quick Meals, in 30 minutes or less". In it was my beloved Creamy Tomato With Basil Soup! The result was so close to the diner version, I couldn't tell the difference. Each spoonful is a little Flavor Bomb of goodness. ♩ ♩ ♫ ♬ (That's the sound of my taste buds humming)

The accompanying cornbread recipe I use is my mother's, and I'm passing it on to you.

Creamy Tomato With Basil Soup
Makes 4 servings

2 tsp olive oil
1 C chopped onions
1 garlic clove, minced
4 fl. oz. (1/2 C) dry white wine
2 C tomato puree
12 oz evaporated skimmed milk
1/2 C packed fresh basil leaves, slivered
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In medium saucepan, saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Cook over medium heat, about 3 min., until onion is softened. Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the wine is evaporated. Add tomato puree to the onion mixture and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. Stir in milk, basil, salt, and pepper. Heat thoroughly, but do not boil.

serves 8

1 C cornmeal
1 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 flax egg (1 T ground flax seed + 3 T water: let sit 10 min before using)
1 1/2 C skimmed milk
2 T melted shortening (I use canola oil)
2 T applesauce

Sift together meal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add beaten egg and milk to make a stiff batter. Add shortening, until light and thoroughly mixed. Pour into a shallow, greased pan (an iron skillet is perfect for this). Bake 25 minutes.

 nutritional info:
188 calories
2 gr fat
4 mgs cholesterol
909 mgs sodium
29 gr carbohydrate
4 gr fiber
10 grams protein

164 calories
4 gr fat
1 gr cholesterol
26 gr carbohydrate
5 gr protein
30 gr sodium

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  1. Sounds delish...and I love that soup bowl!

  2. this is my favorite type of food...warm, cozy, home-goodness! i can't wait to try this! and i'm wondering if my mom may have borrowed this recipe from your's almost exactly the same! thanks for sharing the love! :)

    p.s. i am really loving that soup bowl! :)

  3. yum, yum, yummy & made even better by the terrific soup bowl. :)

  4. Great recipe!! Love the soup bowl and musical notes...LOL

  5. I'm drooling . . . this look so very yummy! I feel all warm and fuzzy just looking at your photos. I will definitely be trying this one out.


  6. That sounds really good! I've been in the mood to whip something up and this sounds like a good start. Thanks! (PS the bowl is the best)

  7. Wonderful recipe! I'm also stopping by to say thank you for visiting my blog & OWOH giveaway! Your blog is beautiful! And it's so nice to meet you!

  8. ooooo.....I'm salivating!!! My kind of soup for a cold night like today. Thank you!

  9. Thanks for comment and boy does this look good. I love the dish!

  10. Yum! Two of my favorite things!

  11. say

    can you mail soup?


    i was just wondering.......
    {{ i am so tired of the freezing cold here
    but tomorrow it will be 79,
    probably. }}

    cornbread ships nicely
    i bet.

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  13. a fanciful twistJan 29, 2009, 4:40:00 PM

    Oh my goodness gracious.. How I long to have that in a pot on my stove... ;)

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm. xoxo

  14. Hello Kate,

    I am getting my menu ready for the Super Bowl! We love homemade chili with chiplotes and the whole thing.

    And I will be trying your Cornbread recipe. :o)

    ~ Gabriela ~