Hearty Tomato Soup

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Is everyone enjoying Giada’s new cookbook, Giada’s Kitchen-New Italian Favorites? I sure am! I picked it up at the library and so far I am pleased. (I usually don’t buy books until I preview them from the library first, I am cheap.) The photos are fantastic and the recipes look pretty easy and tasty. I love Italian and Giada has some new twists on the classics. I can’t wait to try them all!

We did try the Hearty Tomato Soup this week and boy oh boy I am glad we did. This soup is so comforting and delicious. You start with the basics, onion, carrots, and garlic, but then you add in white beans with the tomatoes! When you puree the soup, the beans keep the soup nice and thick, plus they add some hidden protein. I love it. The rosemary is wonderful as well. All of the flavors are perfect! Giada adds whipping cream and lemon zest to the top but we opted out for this one. I am sure it is amazing, but we try to eat healthy on most days:)

Josh made a grilled cheese to go with his soup. He downed them in no time. He said this is the best tomato soup he has had. So give it a whirl. I am sure it will be a staple in your house this winter. I know it will be in ours!

Hearty Tomato Soup

Adapted from Giada’s Kitchen-New Italian Favorites

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, low sodium
3 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. We used our immersion blender and it worked wonders!

Return the soup to a soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper to your likings. Serve immediately.

Also, a big thank you to Mikky at My Finds…she recently gave us the Butterfly Award!

We are going to pass it on to Erica at Itzy’s Kitchen and to Katie at Good Things Catered.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Sounds like Giada’s book is a winner, can’t wait to check it out. I think the soup still looks amazing even if it doesn’t have the cream.

  2. I don’t think you’re cheap (maybe because I do the same thing…) It’s always so disappointing when I buy a cookbook and there are only a few recipes I’m interested in. I’m “auditioning” Giada’s Kitchen right now – I’m thinking of making the orzo stuffed peppers this weekend.

  3. I have the book and will have to try this. I just love this cookbook especially since I was able to get mine signed.

  4. Oooh, I saw this cookbook at Costco yesterday and it took every ounce of willpower I had to walk away. Now I just may have to go back! The soup looks delicious!!

  5. This is awesome. I should make a pot of this to take to lunch with me during the week.

    I have Giada’s Family Dinners cookbook and I love it. I haven’t been enarmored of her more recent shows and recipes though, so it’s good to see she has a decent cookbook out.

  6. You know I love this book. I bought it almost 2 weeks ago and already made 5 recipes from it. The color of the book too just looks so good in the kitchen. The next one will be the Tuscan Bean & Garlic soup. This looks great Maria. My in laws LOVE tomato soup with grilled cheese so I should make this for them.

  7. You know I’ll make the soups that you two post ANY day of the week; I haven’t made one of your soups yet that hasn’t blown me away! Glad you like Giada’s new book — I’ll need to check it out!

  8. I love tomato soup! This looks really pretty and tasty. I just checked out a Giada cookbook from the library – I am anxious to try some new recipes.

  9. Maria, this looks soooo good!! We’re on the same train of thought!! Heehee I do the same w/cookbooks… check them out first from the library… and I must place a hold on this book!!

  10. I'm the same way! I always go to the library to see if the book is a must! Love your tomato soup. NOthing is more comforting than some soup & grilled cheese!

  11. you are so welcome… you deserve it… ๐Ÿ™‚
    as for the soup, to be honest, i’m not a fan of tomato soup, but you made it sound so good… i guess i’ll give it a try soon… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Being cheap is cool! I do the same thing with books. I may have to check this one out…

    I’m so glad you made this. Ben and his never ending diet (apparantly cinnamon rolls don’t count) have been demanding more soup. And tomato is his favorite!

    If someone up at Blogger doesn’t fix these comments I’m going to beat some computer nerd butt!

  13. This soup looks so great. I love that you have it paired with Grilled Cheese! A favorite in my house. I’m definitely going to try this soup, and add my name to the waiting list for this book at the library.

  14. This soup looks so yum! I have never made tomato soup from scratch, but I will for sure give this one a try. By the way, your immersion blender looks like lots of fun. might have to add one of those to my Christmas list.

  15. Your soup looks and sounds delish. I still have a batch of tomatoes from our garden waiting for me to do something with them, I think I will be giving this a try.

    BTW, it’s not cheap to check out books at the library before buying, that’s just sensible. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comment.

  16. I hadn’t seen Giada’s book yet, I’ll have to check it out from the library (I do that too!) That soup looks amazing!

  17. Hi Maria = ) Thank you for the lovely wishes. Your soup sure is looking devine, what a nice way to celebrate fall..

  18. I’m loving all these tomato soup recipes that are popping up all over the place. They are so nice on a cold night. Great job with the healthy beans. They build muscles dude ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. that looks so yummy….that grilled cheese looks so good right now. my sister and i preview books too before we buy at the library…at least we find out if we like it before spending the money!

  20. Congrats on your award!

    That soup looks delicious and really flavorful!

    Cheers and have a wonderful weekend,


  21. I have this book on order – I ordered it with the new Ina so have to wait until Ina is released.
    I am so happy for your ringing endorsement – this is the first post that I have come across where someone has cooked from the new book.
    The soup sounds great – nothing like a little grilled cheese to go with your tomato soup too!

  22. I just love soup and its such a comfort food when there’s a chill in the air. Your tomato soup looks delicious!!

    Rosie x

  23. ah, the glorious immersion blender. it’s one of the best gifts i’ve ever gotten, and my weapon of choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. This soup is really good! I used basil instead of rosemary because I didn’t have any on hand. I love all of your recipes. I knew I was a good baker but I feel like a good cook too!

  25. i really loved this tasty soup is indeed hearty very filling just the thing for a winter warm up meal in itself! simple.