A hot grilled cheese sandwich would complement this savory soup quite well.
3 large garlic cloves, slightly flattened
1 (3-ounce) package shallots, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of ground red pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
Basil Pesto Toast (optional)
How to Make It
Place garlic and shallots in an 8-inch square pan lined with aluminum foil; drizzle with oil.
Bake at 450° for 15 minutes, stirring twice; cool.
Process garlic, shallots, tomatoes, 3/4 cup chicken broth, and next 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
Cook tomato mixture and remaining 3/4 cup broth in a medium saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in basil; serve immediately with Basil Pesto Toast, if desired.
Note: To serve 4, double all ingredients. Process half each of garlic, shallots, and tomatoes with 1 cup broth in blender; repeat. Heat tomato mixture and remaining 1 cup broth in a large sacucepan for 8 minutes.