The other day I had to take my car into the shop for a routine oil change. It's bad enough that I usually leave with a host of other services that my car also allegedly needs (really?!). But! I usually take my car to the local Sears Auto, which just so happens to be attached to a mall. This is not good for my wallet. In the past, I have wandered around outside to extricate myself from the vortex of mall shopping. No good can come from that.
Unfortunately, there is a Target down the street...We ALL know the end of that story, right?
So on this particular day, I decided that I would save myself and my wallet by bringing my own cup of coffee and plastering my bum to the chair in the Sears Auto department so that I would not wander around and buy that sparkly green eyeshadow and my seventh infinity scarf of the season. (Even though I neeeeeed those!) Somehow, I made it through a three-hour wait and was able to return home, empty-handed! So I promptly rewarded myself with soup. Not just any soup. Creamy Basil Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 15-20 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (stacked, rolled and thinly sliced)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Prepare the sauce:
1) In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
2) Saute the garlic in the oil until tender, about 2 minutes.
3) Stir in the basil, oregano, and crushed tomatoes.
4) Season with salt and pepper, then cook 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened.
Prepare the soup:
5) Over medium heat, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot.
6) Add the sausage and cook until browned, 5-10 minutes.
7) Stir in the sauce, basil leaves, water, cream, milk, salt and pepper. Cook until warm, then reduce the heat to low.
8) Allow the soup to simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.
You may think that this soup appears to have the same color as a vodka sauce. That would be because it has the same main ingredients as a vodka sauce: cream and tomato sauce. Minus the vodka. Which is a shame.
The soup works really nicely with the sausage, spices, and basil. Let's face it. I pretty much overdose on fresh basil at every possible moment. I even put fresh basil in all my salads. Overdosing so hard. But in a good way.
This soup turned out to be the perfect quick meal because it took me no time to whip everything together and have a fantastic bite to eat. I love recipes like this. I wish the recipe gods would pass a few more of these dishes my way. Please and thank you.