We had soup for dinner this evening, because Noor has developed a cold.
I had picked up a large bunch of fresh basil yesterday because I wanted to use some for the soup today; they say this herb is beneficial when one has a cold.
It also, of course, adds the most amazing taste and aroma. Indira sniffed at her bowl as she sat down to eat and said “Ummm…I know, this has basil !!”
With french fries on the side, I had two content little faces at the table
Tomato and Basil Soup
3 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 medium sized carrots, diced fine (optional)
1 large clove of garlic,roughly chopped
1 large leek, tough part cut off, and chopped fine
3 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
1/2 of a large bunch of basil leaves, washed thoroughly
In a pressure cooker or a large casserole, warm the olive oil on a low heat and add the leek and garlic. Cover and cook till the leek is soft. Add the carrots if you are using them, cover again and cook for 6-7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the salt, and cook till the tomatoes start to break down. Add 2-3 cups of water, and cook everything together till all the vegetables are very soft.
When the contents of the cooker/casserole have cooled a little bit, add the basil leaves and blend everything together. Strain the soup through a sieve. If the soup seems too thick, add some boiled water and then let the soup simmer again for a few minutes.
You could add the basil a little bit at a time while blending the vegetables; this way you could decide how much of its flavor you are happy with.