"Exotic spices and flavors of fresh tomatoes from the garden blend with onions, garlic, fresh herbs, dry vermouth and Gorgonzola cheese to present a gourmet soup to serve in an hour. Fills the kitchen with aromas of herbs and spices as it simmers. Serve with French bread or other crusty breads; just add a tossed salad with a mild balsamic vinegar and olive oil and a sprinkle of onion salt and pinch of sugar." — PJ's kitchen
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extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed
freshly ground black pepper to taste
fresh tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
dry vermouth, or to taste
chopped fresh basil
chopped fresh oregano
chopped fresh thyme
garlic, thinly sliced
freshly ground cinnamon
1 (4 ounce) container
crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Whether this is a 3 or 4 (meaning 5) star recipe depends on who you want to believe, me or Hubs. Here's my 3-star take - this did NOT trip my trigger. It reminded me of a can of diced tomatoes (even tho' I did use fresh) with a boatload of herbs added. That's it... tomatoes and herbs. Moreover, I just didn't see topping this with gorgonzola and adding the cinnamon wasn't even a viable option. Gorgonzola and cinnamon? Three stars, I say - and that's withOUT the cinnamon and gorgonzola. At least Hubs agreed with me on that much anyway - no way was I going to serve him a bowl of soup with cinnamon and gorgonzola in it. "Thank you," he said. But he LOVED the soup, rating it 4 stars which, for anyone else, would mean 5. He said that most often tomato soups are pureed and include cream; that this was interesting and different for its chunkiness and herbiness. In the end, it doesn't matter what it's rated, really. It's a matter of description and individual tastes, pure and simple.
This is delicious a great way to use fresh tomatoes. I revised it a little by letting it cool and then pureeing it. Then I rewarmed it and added about 1/2 cup to a little more heavy cream. Served it topped with grated parmesan cheese. It was very good before I changed it, but great after.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
'No Soup For You' French Tomato Soup
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 165
** Calories from Fat: 92
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