Category Archives: tomatoes

Tomato-Basil Soup

My friend, Heidi, brought this soup to our soup swap this week and we LOVED it.  Nathan is a huge fan of tomato soup, but I can’t stand the stuff in the can.  This has a hint of orange that makes it more full flavored.  From the cookbook Fix, Freeze, Feast.  As written, this recipe makes 3 entrees, each which serve 4 people.

1/2 cup butter
3 cups chopped onion (about 3 medium)
1 t minced garlic (3 cloves)
3 lbs Roma tomatoes, chopped
8 c chicken broth
1 T lime juice
pinch sugar
3/4 c chopped fresh basil leaves
zest of one orange

Melt butter in stockpot over low heat.  Add onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 15 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes, broth, lime juice and sugar; bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.  Stir in basil and orange zest.

Let soup cool slightly; transfer to a food processor and puree.  If you’re freezing for later, divide cooled soup into bags, seal and freeze.



Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta

Oh heavens this is so yummy.  Thank you, Sisters Cafe, for the idea.  It is a perfect way to use the tomatoes on my extremely overactive cherry tomato plant.  Good chance we’ll be eating this once a week until the tomatoes are done.

2 cups, firm tomatoes, diced
1 Tb fresh chopped basil or 1 tsp dried basil
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
½ tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
Shredded Parmesan cheese
6-8 oz angel hair pasta

Mix together the diced tomatoes, chopped basil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Let “marinate” on counter for 30 minutes. Cook the pasta al dente. Drain and toss with the tomato mixture. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan. Mmmmmm

Tortilla Soup

Tonight, I had Nathan make dinner.  I pulled up the recipe for him on the computer, and then instructed him not to follow it pretty much at all, which is my normal way of cooking, and which drives him nuts.  What I rewrote for him looks exactly like this, and we loved it.  The kids devoured it, too, so we call that a success!

2 T oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 smallish onion, chopped fine
1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 T taco seasoning
6 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
6 cloves garlic, minced

1 can of chicken

avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips

In a large stock pot heat oil. Add garlic, cilantro and onion. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add taco seasoning and chicken stock. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add salt.

Simmer for 30 minutes  and then stir in chicken. Heat through before putting in bowls and adding toppings.  Enjoy!

Crab Tacos

We love love these.   They’re easy and are fresh and perfectly summery.

4 Roma tomatoes, halved, seeded and sliced (I used 2 ample handfuls of grape tomatoes)
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 large jalapenos, halved, seeded, sliced, divided
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, divded
3 T fresh lime juice
1 t olive oil
1/2 c chopped onion
8 ounces cooked crab, shelled
8 taco shells or tortillas
1 cup lettuce, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded jack, cheddar, OR mozz cheese
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped gr onion

Put tomatoes, garlic, one jalapeno, 1/4 cup cilantro and the lime juice in food processor or blender and combine to desired thickness.  Add salt and pepper. Set aside.

In large skillet, heat oil, saute onion and remaining jalapeno until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add crab, cook until warm (2 minutes).

Warm tortillas, fill with crab, top with lettuce, cheese, avocado.  Sprinkle with green onion and cilantro.  Add salsa.

from Sunset Magazine, April 2008

4 pts per taco