Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Soup

Zupas Copycat Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Cafe Zupas is one of my most favorite places to eat! I love their soups and sandwiches and salads....well... I guess I love everything there! I was mailed some canned tomatoes from Muir Glen Organics with it came a recipe of fire roasted tomato soup. I just can't resist a new recipe so I made it. It tasted exactly like Zupas Tomato Basil Soup - so I thought I would share! 

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 cans (14.5 oz) of fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained (I used Muir Glen Brand)
1 can (14 oz) fat free chicken broth (you can also use vegetable broth)
2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup skim milk

(The recipe calls for 1/2 cup heavy cream instead of using skim milk... but the skim milk worked out just fine! - and much less fattening!)

In a 3- quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until onion is crisp-tender.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, 1 Tablespoon of basil, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and then cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl and let it cool for about 15 minutes.

Once slightly cooled, place half of your mixture into a blender and puree. Pour the puree back into the saucepan. Repeat with remaining mixture. Heat over medium heat until hot. Remove from heat. Stir in cream, milk and 1 Tablespoon of chopped basil. 

Serve while it is hot with Whole Wheat Bread.

Servings: 10 
(I froze about half of my soup after it was cooked and had it the next week for dinner- it thawed perfectly)

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1 comment:

  1. Made this for dinner tonight, It was sooo yummy!!! Thanks for sharing :)