Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Recipe Review: Ina Garten's Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup
I loooooooove me some Ina Garten. Her shows are probably in my Top 3 Food Network programs, because who wouldn't want to hang out in the Hamptons, using only "good" ingredients, having parties all the time? I have her Barefoot Contessa and French cookbook, but recently I randomly found Ina's Back to Basics cookbook at TJ Maxx, score! It's not as "basic" as everyone might assume, but it's an "Ina-level basic", haha. I want to try to make as many of the recipes in here that I can- not trying to go all "Julie & Julia" on this, but at least to make use of the purchase.
I started out with the most logical choice, the Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup, mainly because I had pretty much all of the ingredients on hand already. I halved the recipe for the most part so I wouldn't end up with gallons and gallons of soup. Also, a few tweaks here and there, like using my handheld immersion blender at the end, instead of a food mill, cus, let's get real Ina.
This was a fantastic soup with great flavor and depth. I thought the carrots were random but it worked well without overpowering the tomato flavor. Anyone that's a fan of tomato basil soup or tomato bisque will LOVE this soup. It takes a little bit of time and effort, but most of it is simmering time so it's not like you're doing stuff nonstop. Highly recommended, especially for this time of year!