This is one of my Recipes prepared on Christmas Eve 2005 as part of a Holiday Spaghetti Dinner. It was easy to prepare, and has outstanding flavor.
- Brown and drain your ground beef. Set it aside in a covered bowl until ready to use.
- Chop your onions, celery, and garlic finely.
- Slice your tomatoes discarding the end pieces.
- Lightly spray the bottom of a 5 quart (or larger) stewpot with cooking spray. Saute your onions, celery, and garlic until the celery is fork-tender.
- Add your chicken broth. If you prefer your soup with a thicker consistency, reduce the amount of chicken broth, or increase the amount of fire roasted tomatoes.
- Bring to a gentle boil, then add all other ingredients EXCEPT the ground beef. Continue to boil about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to simmer and add your browned ground beef. Omit the groud beef if you want a vegetarian soup.
- Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and more Italian Seasoning to suit your taste preferences.
- Serve with a variety of toppings on the side which your guests can add on their own. Shredded Italian cheeses, grated Parmesan Cheese, Chopped Spring Onions, and Seasoned Bread Crumbs work well.
- Your guests will think you were born in Sicily as they warm up their taste buds with a bowl of your soup.
Excellent, flavourful, tomato soup. Lovely tomatoy flavour and the richness of the beef and seasonings works well together. I did have a few modifications... I was unable to find tinned fire-roasted tomatos and used home-made oven roasted tomatos which are simply tomatos sliced in half, tossed with olive oil and slow-roasted till tender, then skinned. Easy to make and standard on our salads! I also didn't drain the ground beef as we were using a leaner variety anyhow and the beef fat is part of what gives it such a lovely flavour. Other than that, we followed the recipe and did find it as stated - easy to prepare and outstanding flavour!
This is a great soup. I had to make a few modifications but even with the modifications, it earns 5 stars. I cut this recipe in half. I could not find anything in the grocery store that said "fire roasted tomatoes". I did not have the official italian seasoning mix so I improvised and added 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil and a few shakes of fennel. The picture shows the soup topped with shaved parmesan reggiano cheese.
I made this today for my weekly soup lunch at work, and it was GREAT! It smelled so good cooking. I couldn't find fire roasted tomatoes, so I had to get Itailian tomatoes. I did take the liberty to use have chicken broth and half tomato juice for a more "tomatoey" flavor. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and helping me give my co-workers nice warm tummies.