Tomatoes, Carrots and Basil

Been thinking about the Barefoot Contessa’s Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup lately and I cannot wait until tomatoes are in season again.  This soup is one of my all-time favorites – and a big hit with my family.

I’ve added some twists to Ina’s original recipe – instead of chicken broth, I use “No-Chicken Broth” (any non-tomato based vegetable broth will do, as will low-sodium chicken broth).   I also use 1/3 cup cream or organic soy creamer instead of 3/4 cup.  For those of you who don’t eat dairy or soy, I think it will taste just as good with out the cream.

Some tips

  • If you use a blender or immersion blender, I suggest draining out some of the food pulp with a sieve (the food mill does this)
  • Croutons are totally optional – it’s just as delicious without
  • I tried to make this a few weeks ago, and there really is a difference when the tomatoes are in season

Enjoy the recipe here!

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