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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tomato Garlic Soup w/ Cheese Tortellini

Tomato Garlic Soup w/ Cheese Tortellini
I know we've talked about this before, but I just love it when I get the chance to EXCLAIM! at how much I love the smell of garlic on my fingers. That's right. I get excited when the scent of a stinking rose bouquet permeates my skin and sticks around for a whole day or so. Even after multiple washings. And just for good measure, I may or may not dab a little bit of that sticky balm behind each ear when I'm done mincing a good-sized pile.

So, it probably goes without saying that any soup with a Garlic Broth base, is a soup meant for me. Don't skip out on making the broth. Seriously. You may look at the (double-) recipe and think "naaaaah." Don't be hasty. Don't jump to conclusions. It's actually super simple and takes almost no time at all to make both the broth and the soup. But the flavor. Ooooh, the FLAVOR! Rich and garlicky and creamy broth (yes, I said creamy broth...I don't know if those two words normally go together, but it works in this case) with sexy bites of cheese-filled pasta.

garlic, and lots of it.

Tomato Garlic Soup w/ Cheese Tortellini
You'd never guess how quick and simple this flavor-packed tomato garlic soup is to make.
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Tomato Garlic Soup w/ Cheese Tortellini
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew vegetarian garlic tomatoes

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
  • 6 cups Simple Garlic Broth (see recipe below)
  • 2 cups diced canned tomatoes (NOT drained) or 4 medium fresh tomatoes (~3 cups peeled and chopped)
  • 9 ounces fresh or frozen cheese-filled Tortellini
to garnish:
  • freshly grated Parmesan
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper
In a saucepan, bring the garlic broth to a simmer. Add the tomatoes to the broth, return it to a boil, and simmer 10-15 mins. Puree with an immersion blender (in in batches in a regular blender).

In a separate pot, cook the tortellini in boiling water until al dente (read package directions). Drain.

When ready to serve, place the tortellini in individual serving bowls and ladle the soup over them. Serve topped with grated cheese and chopped parsley and a grinding of black pepper.

-slightly adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

Simple Garlic Broth
This simple broth is the perfect vegan base for any soup or dish for garlic lovers.
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Simple Garlic Broth
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew vegan garlic

Ingredients (6 cups)
  • 8 cups vegetable stock (or 8 cups water + 2 cubes vegetable bouillon)
  • 1 large (or 2 small heads) heads of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (regular or smoked)
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • several sprigs fresh parsley
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
In a covered pot, bring the stock or water to a boil. In a soup pot on low heat, gently sauté garlic in olive oil until golden, taking care not to let it brown. Add the boiling stock or water with bouillon. Stir in the paprika. Tie the fresh herbs in a bundle or just throwth'em in and fish 'em out later like I did and add to pot.

Bring the broth to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or up to 30 for a more intense flavor (you know I went for the full 30! The garlicky-er the better!). Remove herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tomato Garlic Soup w/ Cheese Tortellini
I have to ask. Have you seen that Wendy's commercial? The one where two guys are sitting at a table eating chicken sandwiches and the one guys asks the other what his tastes like and he says "chicken". Then he asks the other guy what his tastes like and he slaps him. And the guy says "that sounds good!"

Yeah. That's kinda what this soup tastes like. I cannot watch that commercial...or even think of it without laughing. I love that guy! "You got yourself a sandwich, sir!" Ha ha ha ha ha...