Saturday, February 23, 2008

Nordstrom Cafe fan?....

Best Soup in the WORLD!!!

If you have never been to Nordstrom Cafe - Do Go, you won't regret it! If you have never tried the Tomato Basil Soup, you are really missing out - it is AMAZING! The Basil adds the perfect spice to this authentically tremendous soup - the whole soup is pureed so even if you are not a fan of onions, or vegetables or whatever excuse you have to not try it - the soup is smooth! I am not a vegetable fan, but there are ways to eat your veggies and not really taste them or to combine them for the best flavors you've experienced AND here is one way that is perfection! Did I mention this soup is AMAZING! YOU must try! Enjoy :)

Nordstrom Cafe Tomato Basil Soup
A large batch recipe from the Nordstrom's Cafe.
1½ hours | 30 min prep | SERVES 128 (OR serve 21- (approx. 1/6th)
12 cups canned peeled plum tomatoes ( 2 c.)
3 lbs carrots, chopped ( 1/2 lb)
3 lbs onions, chopped ( 1/2 lb.)
4 tablespoons dry basil (or use fresh) (2 tsp.)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil (1/6 c)
2 gallons water ( 42 1/2 oz)
1 lb chicken base (21 oz.)
3 quarts heavy cream ( 1/2 qt.)
4 tablespoons kosher salt (2 tsp)
2 tablespoons black pepper (1 tsp.)
In a large stock pot, sautee the olive oil, carrots, and onions at medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add the basil, salt, pepper, and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
In a large bowl, whisk the chicken base into the water until dissolved.
Add the water mixture to the stock pot, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 45 minutes.
Puree the soup using a hand blender while adding the heavy cream until it reaches a thin consistency.

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