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Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup

December 20, 2012

I used to make this soup before I went on Low Fodmap and it my favorite tomato soup recipe.  It is perfect for dipping grilled cheese into or eating on it’s own.  Recently, I cooked it in a low Fodmap version and I am very happy with the result!  Adjustments to the original recipe are shown for those who want to make the original version for other family members.  My additions are in italics, omissions are in strike-out.  Serves 6

2 T. butter
1 T. Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 lb plum tomatoes, chopped (or equal amount canned tomatoes works very well)
– if you use canned, add 1-2 t. brown sugar and a pinch of baking soda to offset bitterness
2 3/4 cups fodmap friendly chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
2-3 T. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 T. torn fresh basil leaves (or equivalent dried basil)
2/3 cup heavy cream (low enough lactose content to make this low fodmap)
– to be extra careful, use some lactose-free whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch of baking soda (optional)

Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed pan.  Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until softened.  Add the garlic, tomatoes, stock, wine, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Stir well and season to taste.  Partially cover the pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture is soft and pulpy.

(If you are nearing the end of cooking this soup and it seems really acidic or bitter – consider adding a pinch of baking soda.  This evens out the bitterness and brightness.)

Remove the pan from the heat, leave to cool slightly, then pour into a blender or food processor.   If you like your soup extra creamy, push the mixture through a strainer into a clean pan with a wooden spoon (I don’t usually do this step).

Stir in the cream and reheat the soup but DO NOT let it boil.  Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, garnish with some left-over basil and serve immediately.

Make some Grilled Cheese with some Low Fodmap Friendly Gluten Free Bread and you’ve got yourself a warm meal on a cold winter day!  This one hits the spot!

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