Like Zio's Tomato Florentine Soup
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3⁄4 cup diced onion (1/4-inch dice)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh garlic
- 3 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 3⁄4 cup vegetable juice
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried dill
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup fresh spinach, julianned to 1/8-inch
- Prepare a roux: Heat 3 tablespoons butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Whisk in flour. Cook until straw colored, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until golden brown.
- Add garlic and continue to sauté 1-2 minutes.
- Remove mixture from heat and pure in food processor.
- Prepare chicken base: Dissolve chicken bouillon cubes in hot water.
- In a small Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat tomatoes, ketchup, vegetable juice and chicken base over medium-low heat.
- Add pured onion mixture, basil, dill, hot pepper sauce, sugar, black pepper and wine.
- Simmer 15 minutes.
- Whisk in roux and simmer an additional 30 minutes over medium-low heat.
- Whisk in cream.
- Add spinach.
- Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate.
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Soup is my favorite food. The tomato Florentine soup from Zio's specifically is my favorite soup and has been for at least a decade. I have been hunting for a good copycat for at least that long. I found this, and made it. I was nervous. It smelled right, but I was still kind of suspect. I WAS SO WRONG. This soup is a spot on recreation of the soup from Zio's! So, thank you so much for putting this out there!!!