Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontazs; Styling: Buffy Hargett
2 medium onions, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 (35-oz.) cans Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes with basil
1 (32-oz.) can chicken broth
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (16-oz.) package frozen breaded cut okra
How to Make It
Sauté onions in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 9 to 10 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Process mixture with a handheld blender until smooth.
Process basil, next 4 ingredients, 1/4 cup water, and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir basil mixture, sugar, and pepper into soup. Cook 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Meanwhile, cook okra according to package directions. Serve with soup.
Very good and I made it with the exact ingredients written and served with ham sandwiches. I did make a change in the prep as I use a hand held blender so blended everything all at one time in the large pot. Will try some if the suggested toppings next time but the okra was delicious. .
I made this soup and had enough to share with two friends recovering from accidents. All raved about the soup. I added a 1/2 cup of heavy cream to the recipe to make a creamier soup. I packaged the soup along with boule bread, Jarlsberg cheese, and red grapes for an easy dinner.