10 months ago
I originally got the recipe from GOURMET magazine about 20 years ago, and over the years made changes & improvements. It makes a wonderful starter for a summer dinner party! I always get compliments when I serve it.
- 6 Roma tomatoes, cored & cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves for garnish
- sour cream for garnish
- extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling soup
Accompaniment - Garlic baguette toasts:
- 1 large clove garlic, minced or forced through garlic press
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 French baguette, cut lengthwise into 6 long wedges
- Coarse salt to taste
To make the soup:
In a food processor purée the tomatoes and force the purée through a fine sieve into a saucepan, pressing hard on the solids.
In a small bowl stir together the cornstarch and the broth and stir the mixture into the tomato purée.
Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice, the sugar, the whole basil leaves, and salt and pepper to taste.
Let the soup cool and chill it, covered, for at least 8 hours. The soup may be made 2 days in advance and kept covered and chilled.
Discard the whole basil leaves, ladle the soup into 6 bowls, and garnish each serving with a dollop of the sour cream and some of the chopped basil. Drizzle the soup with the oil and serve it with the toasts.
To make the garlic baguette toasts:
In a small skillet cook the garlic in the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until it begins to turn golden, brush the bread wedges with the oil, and on a baking sheet bake them in the middle of a preheated 375°F. oven for 10 minutes, or until they are golden. Sprinkle the toasts with the salt and break them in half. Makes 12 toasts.
- 144 calories
- 10g total fat
- 1g saturated fat
- 0mg cholesterol
- 330mg sodium
- 13g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 4g sugar)
- 3g protein