This is a fantastic soup to warm up during the winter with its rustic sweetness and fresh herbs, making spring seem that much closer. It has a certain creaminess that appeals but is not too heavy like a bisque which I find always makes me incredibly thirsty. Serve with garlic bread, crackers or any type of bread you like. I personally am a fan of dipping bread into soups.
The blending and addition of heavy cream is what adds the creamy, smooth texture to the soup so make sure not to skip this part, no matter how messy the blending may be. I cannot stress how therapeutic it is to deal with fresh herbs here during the cooking process. The amazing scent of fresh basil by itself is enough to lift your spirits, so if you can, go fresh!
I put to good use the beginnings of my herb garden which currently consist of sweet basil, mint and a little curry plant. Gradually I plan to add parsley, cilantro, rosemary, thyme and Thai basil. Sweet basil is fast becoming one of my favorite culinary scents.
You can use store bought croutons or make your own. They are insanely easy to make and very soon I’ll be posting a recipe for garlic herbed croutons. In the meantime, enjoy!Print