Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Tasty Tuesday

 It's been cool here and mom decided to make soup - Cream of Tomato Soup!  She discovered a new chef on the PBS channel that she really likes.   His show is George Hirsch Lifestyle and he makes the most delicious foodables and makes everything look so easy.

George’s Creamy Tomato Soup

Makes 6-8 servings

5 large ripe San Marzano Plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons sweet butter

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

2-4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces

2- 15 ounce cans of crushed San Marzano tomatoes

4 cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil

hot sauce, sea salt, and pepper to taste

Optional: 1 cup half-and-half 

Preheat a large 4-quart soup pot.

Add olive oil, onion, garlic, and fresh plum tomatoes. Stir and sweat for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the butter, and when melted, add the flour, stir, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the canned San Marzano tomatoes, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, and dried basil, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add fresh basil and simmer for five additional minutes. 

Remove bay leaves and take the soup off the stove. For a creamier soup, use a food pulser and puree slightly, leaving a few chunks of tomatoes. Return to the stove and bring it back to a boil, and add the optional half-and-half. 

Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes.  

Add hot sauce, sea salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Served topped with crunchy croutons and a few drops of olive oil.

Mom's recipe is very similar and she does add the cream and she normally serves it with Ritz crackers but she liked the idea of croutons so that's what she went with.

Chef George was right.  The croutons are really good in the tomato soup!
Happy Tuesday!

Love ya lots♥


  1. yes, we think that is the little it thing what makes it eggstra tasty ;O)

  2. Good Golly Miss Molly 1000 thank yous for this recipe. We love soup here and tomatoes in all forms.
    I have saved this
    Love ya lots

  3. That recipe sounds delish! We can tell you liked that crouton too, Molly.

  4. Hari OM
    Ah yes... but then there is the YAMster's version; gather as many feral compost-infesting mini tomatoes as you can, wash them well. If they are not already tiny, then whizz 'em in a processer (or knife 'em thoroughly to dice). Saute two stalks of grated celery in a tablespoon of olive oil, put in all the toms, add a tablespoon of concentrated tomato paste, a teaspoon of smoked paprika, a little thyme, marjoram, oregano (or just mixed Italian herbs), add a litre of vegetable stock, bring to boil, then simmer until well integrated. Blend, adjust seasoning and add a dollop of fat-free yoghurt or cream cheese if you wish. (If fussy about seeds and skins, feel free to strain it before eating.) YAM xx

  5. Yummy. I want some, Miss Molly.

    Have a woof woof day and week. My best to your mom. ♥

  6. Oh my goodness, another yummy looking recipe!!
    Rosy & Sunny

  7. That does sound really good sweet Molly, we might have to try that one!

  8. OH, that sounds delicious, Molly. Our Mom loves tomatoes, but for some reason tomato soup hits her tummy too hard. Your Mom is a good cook.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. Gramma loves tomato soup. Mom eats tomatoes but isn't into tomato soup. She is a picky eater and now that she cut out most of the food humans eat, choices are limited. Glad your mom enjoyed her soup.

  10. WOW!
    That looks and sounds so yummy good!

    AND we are open door twinners! - I tend to be a bit too barky as well - Mom threatens to close the door but....and I startle her as well - I'm pretty good with the immediate neighbor traffic but -


  11. Lulu: "Our Dada also likes to put croutons in soup! Although if he ever had any oyster crackers he would use those, too."
    Charlee: "Mmm, oysters."
    Java Bean: "Do you eat grilled cheese with tomato soup? Our Dada says that's his go-to sandwich when tomato soup is involved."
    Oona: "What sandwich does he eat with chicken soup?"
    Chaplin: "Peanut butter and jelly."
    Chaplin: "Don't yell at me. Take it up with Dada."

  12. Hi friend, Ojo here! Yum! Did you get soup, too?

  13. I love soup even in the summer, I often make tomatoe soup with basil which is quite light for summer. Yours looks a great recipe I will have to try it. Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx