Ingredients Serves 4-6 Pair with 2017 Julaie Cuvee

3 tablespoons good olive oil 1 1/2 cups chopped red onions (apx 2 onions) 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic (apx 3 cloves) 4 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped (apx 5 large) 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves, plus extra for topping 3 cups chicken stock 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup heavy cream Croutons, for topping Instructions- Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are very tender.

Add the cream to the soup and process it through a food mill into a bowl, discarding only the dry pulp that's left. Reheat the soup over low heat just until hot and serve with julienned basil leaves and/or croutons.

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