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Two Peas and Their Pod: Hearty Tomato Soup

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hearty Tomato Soup

Is everyone enjoying Giada's new cookbook, Giada's Kitchen-New Italian Favorites? I sure am! I picked it up at the library and so far I am pleased. (I usually don't buy books until I preview them from the library first, I am cheap.) The photos are fantastic and the recipes look pretty easy and tasty. I love Italian and Giada has some new twists on the classics. I can't wait to try them all!

We did try the Hearty Tomato So
up this week and boy oh boy I am glad we did. This soup is so comforting and delicious. You start with the basics, onion, carrots, and garlic, but then you add in white beans with the tomatoes! When you puree the soup, the beans keep the soup nice and thick, plus they add some hidden protein. I love it. The rosemary is wonderful as well. All of the flavors are perfect! Giada adds whipping cream and lemon zest to the top but we opted out for this one. I am sure it is amazing, but we try to eat healthy on most days:)

Josh made a grilled cheese to go with his
soup. He downed them in no time. He said this is the best tomato soup he has had. So give it a whirl. I am sure it will be a staple in your house this winter. I know it will be in ours!

Hearty Tomato Soup

Adapted from Giada's Kitchen-New Italian Favorites

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, low sodium
3 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. We used our immersion blender and it worked wonders!

Return the soup to a soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper to your likings. Serve immediately.

Also, a big thank you to Mikky at My Finds...she recently gave us the Butterfly Award!

We are going to pass it on to Erica at Itzy's Kitchen and to Katie at Good Things Catered.

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Blogger Rachel said...

I love soup and sammies for dinner....and especially tomato soup...can I come over for dinner???

6:03 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Sounds like Giada's book is a winner, can't wait to check it out. I think the soup still looks amazing even if it doesn't have the cream.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I don't think you're cheap (maybe because I do the same thing...) It's always so disappointing when I buy a cookbook and there are only a few recipes I'm interested in. I'm "auditioning" Giada's Kitchen right now - I'm thinking of making the orzo stuffed peppers this weekend.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Your soup looks delicious. I love my immersion blender for soups too - great tool!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I have the book and will have to try this. I just love this cookbook especially since I was able to get mine signed.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Oooh, I saw this cookbook at Costco yesterday and it took every ounce of willpower I had to walk away. Now I just may have to go back! The soup looks delicious!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

What a wonderful recipe! Love the Rosemary!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

A very easy throw together for hectic evenings! Delicious.

7:31 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This is awesome. I should make a pot of this to take to lunch with me during the week.

I have Giada's Family Dinners cookbook and I love it. I haven't been enarmored of her more recent shows and recipes though, so it's good to see she has a decent cookbook out.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

You know I love this book. I bought it almost 2 weeks ago and already made 5 recipes from it. The color of the book too just looks so good in the kitchen. The next one will be the Tuscan Bean & Garlic soup. This looks great Maria. My in laws LOVE tomato soup with grilled cheese so I should make this for them.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

You know I'll make the soups that you two post ANY day of the week; I haven't made one of your soups yet that hasn't blown me away! Glad you like Giada's new book -- I'll need to check it out!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Giada has some wonderful recipes. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love tomato soup! This looks really pretty and tasty. I just checked out a Giada cookbook from the library - I am anxious to try some new recipes.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Lucy..♥ said...

Maria, this looks soooo good!! We're on the same train of thought!! Heehee I do the same w/cookbooks... check them out first from the library... and I must place a hold on this book!!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh Yum! Congrats on your award! I love your blog and your amazing recipes!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'm the same way! I always go to the library to see if the book is a must! Love your tomato soup. NOthing is more comforting than some soup & grilled cheese!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you are so welcome... you deserve it... :)
as for the soup, to be honest, i'm not a fan of tomato soup, but you made it sound so good... i guess i'll give it a try soon... :)

10:20 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

This looks abosolutely outstanding! Congrats on the award!

10:52 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Being cheap is cool! I do the same thing with books. I may have to check this one out...

I'm so glad you made this. Ben and his never ending diet (apparantly cinnamon rolls don't count) have been demanding more soup. And tomato is his favorite!

If someone up at Blogger doesn't fix these comments I'm going to beat some computer nerd butt!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

This soup looks so great. I love that you have it paired with Grilled Cheese! A favorite in my house. I'm definitely going to try this soup, and add my name to the waiting list for this book at the library.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Tomato soup is my favorite...I will have to look for Giada's book.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Usha said...

I absolutely love tomato soup and with beans in would have tasted awesome I bet...perfect :-)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

This soup looks so yum! I have never made tomato soup from scratch, but I will for sure give this one a try. By the way, your immersion blender looks like lots of fun. might have to add one of those to my Christmas list.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Your soup looks and sounds delish. I still have a batch of tomatoes from our garden waiting for me to do something with them, I think I will be giving this a try.

BTW, it's not cheap to check out books at the library before buying, that's just sensible. :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comment.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I hadn't seen Giada's book yet, I'll have to check it out from the library (I do that too!) That soup looks amazing!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Daziano said...

Today I looked at the book at the bookstore!!!!... I want it for my B-day ;)

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria = ) Thank you for the lovely wishes. Your soup sure is looking devine, what a nice way to celebrate fall..

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I added you to my blog roll as well =)

3:47 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

This is a gorgeous soup I would love to dip some fresh crispy bread in there yum! :-)

4:10 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

mmm! i love tomato soup. i have never tried to make it on my own. this looks delicious! i love giada!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. I love the idea of adding white beans!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I'm loving all these tomato soup recipes that are popping up all over the place. They are so nice on a cold night. Great job with the healthy beans. They build muscles dude :)

5:45 PM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

that looks so yummy....that grilled cheese looks so good right now. my sister and i preview books too before we buy at the least we find out if we like it before spending the money!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Yum it looks delicious, I love a warm soup with grilled cheese.

6:19 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is such a nice combo! It looks really good!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Looks fabulous- I am sure this is delicious!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I am so honored! Thank you so much! I will post my response tomorrow :) thank you thank you!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

Somehow I've never made tomato soup! I always just use Campbells...but this looks infinitely better than that!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats on your award!

That soup looks delicious and really flavorful!

Cheers and have a wonderful weekend,


11:15 PM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Hooray for a blogging award!!

4:22 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I have this book on order - I ordered it with the new Ina so have to wait until Ina is released.
I am so happy for your ringing endorsement - this is the first post that I have come across where someone has cooked from the new book.
The soup sounds great - nothing like a little grilled cheese to go with your tomato soup too!

5:45 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I just love soup and its such a comfort food when there's a chill in the air. Your tomato soup looks delicious!!

Rosie x

7:05 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Lovin the hand blender!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Tomato soup and grilled cheese?! Brilliant!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Ughhh..I soooo need an emersion blender..its on my Christmas list!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Sounds healthy too! Nice work :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger grace said...

ah, the glorious immersion blender. it's one of the best gifts i've ever gotten, and my weapon of choice. :)

6:40 AM  
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