While I absolutely love over indulging myself during the holidays, there always comes a point where I hit a wall and need to stop constantly eating heavy foods and sweets. I was lucky to enjoy a full week home with my family this year and along with that comes lots and lots of great homemade food. On our first night back in DC I decided to make a simple and light tomato soup to help us adjust. There are few meals that have the simple deliciousness of a good tomato soup. With some great crusty bread or a nice grilled cheese sandwich, this is definitely the perfect winter meal.
1 can crushed tomatoes
16 oz vegetable stock
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated mozzarella and a slice of good bread for garnish (optional)
1. Add the olive oil and chopped garlic to a saucepan on medium-low heat. Let the garlic cook for just about 2 minutes.
2. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, parsley, oregano and pepper to the saucepan and stir. Let these all cook together for about 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
3. After cooking the tomatoes and spices for about 30 minutes add the vegetable stock and continue to cook until the soup begins to get bubbly.
4. About 10 minutes after adding the stock add your heavy cream and cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with cheese and crusty bread, enjoy!