TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Soup’s ON

Noticing a trend?

I recently took the liberty of watching some Gordon Ramsey videos, and found myself teeming at the glorious EFFORT and PRECISION that goes into legitimate cooking. I am making it a goal to better my cooking ability, feeling called to it in the way it teaches patience and selflessness. I want to make my boyfriend’s favourite meals exactly the way he likes them; I want to make my own favourite breakfasts the way they’re supposed to be made. I want to make my sister’s favourite cupcakes beautifully and artistically, so that she can see the love that goes into them and that we can enjoy them together.

I am currently making my way through a soup challenge, embarking upon dishing out the classics. Check out my most recent post for my own homemade chicken noodle soup!

Today, adding to the collection, is a homemade tomato pesto soup.

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This soup would make a delicious side to a grilled cheese or other lunch sandwich, or pair alongside a hearty salad. It would also do well as a first course for a dinner party. I am not usually a fan of tomato soups, but with some heavy-handed seasoning and patient simmering, I found this final product delicious– hence my sharing it with you!

Tomato Pesto Soup (recipe serves one as a side)

Ingredients

1/4 plum tomato, sliced

1/3 cup canned, diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp chopped onion

2 Tbsp finely diced green pepper

1/4 tsp basil

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cilantro

2/3 cup vegetable broth

salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 clove garlic, pressed

2 cashews

2 tsp grapeseed oil

handful fresh arugula

2 tsps nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. In blender, place all tomatoes, onion, pepper, basil, oregano, and cilantro. Puree until smooth. Transfer to pan and add vegetable broth and salt and pepper. Bring to a slow boil;, stirring occasionally; reduce heat immediately. Simmer about 5 minutes.

  2. To make pesto, add garlic, cashews, oil, and arugula to blender and puree until smooth.

  3. To serve, place soup in a bowl and add pesto to the centre. Garnish with cheese.

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As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. JOSHUA 24:15

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