Tomato, Leek, and Basil Soup

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After sharing the recipes for the Chocolate Budino and the Caramel de Lite Cookie Bars, I thought I should post something savory and nutritious.  With a chill lingering in the late weeks of winter, I figured that a soup would fit the bill. 

Tomato soup is like macaroni and cheese; you just can't have too many recipes.  There is cream of tomato, tomato and rice, tomato and bread, tomato bisque--the list goes on.  This recipe is one that I haven't made in a while.  It is also one of those that I need to write down before I forget the recipe.  

I like this soup thick and chunky, but you can thin it out with more chicken broth or purée it a little more for a smoother texture.  Served with some crusty bread and a dollop of crème fraîche,  this is a comforting bowl for a chilly night or rainy afternoon.

Tomato Leek and Basil Soup
serves 6

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large leeks, rinsed and slice into 1/4-inch half moons
3 medium stalks of celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup chicken broth
2-28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Crème fraîche (optional)

In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  When the foaming subsides, add the leeks and celery and season with a pinch of salt.  Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables have softened, but not browned,  about 10 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and their juice and stir, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  Add the basil and chicken broth.  Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the tomatoes have softened, about 25-30 minutes.  Using a hand-held blender, purée the soup until desired consistency is met.  Alternately, you can purée the soup in a food processor or blender in batches.  Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche.  Enjoy!

Source: The Galley Gourmet


  1. Always looking for new soups to try. This sounds delicious. I like the added leeks.

  2. This looks really good. I'm a big fan of soups and this one is so beautiful! In fact, I'm having soup for lunch now. :)

  3. Thanks for the Tomato, Leek and Basil soup, it was very delicious! Try the Tomato Artichoke Soup or other soups at http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/soups-a-stews

  4. Yummy Tomato, Leek, and Basil Soup! Thanks.

  5. I've been in such a soup mood lately. I'll have to try this one out! Tomato soups are my favorite.

  6. Nice looking soup there-I'm thinking it'll be perfect with grilled cheese sammies

  7. MMM. This looks wonderful. Love the addition of the leeks.


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