Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Julia!

To celebrate this special day I should have made something from this book.
 But because tomatoes are in season and I had plenty of tomatoes on hand, I made my favorite tomato soup from this book. 

This cookbook is one that is worth looking at if you've never seen it.  It's beautifully illustrated and the recipes are wonderful too.  
So here is the tomato soup recipe.  Be sure to have a crusty french loaf on hand!

1/4 c. olive oil
4 leeks, rinsed, trimmed and minced
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and minced
8 cloves of garlic, minced
3 carrots, minced
1/4 c. fresh rosemary
1/4 c. fresh thyme
2 tbs. grated orange zest
12 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 c. dry white wine
4 c. chicken stock
Sea salt 
Garnish with Creamed Goat Cheese & Pistou (pesto)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat adding leeks, fennel, garlic, carrots, rosemary, thyme and orange zest. Saute until the vegetables are soft.  Add tomatoes, wine  and stock; season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil then simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. 
To finish the soup puree half in a blender then recombine it with the original mixture.  Ladle soup into serving bowls and drizzle the top of each dish with 1 tablespoon of pistou and 1 tablespoon goat cheese.  Serve at once.  Makes 6-8 servings. 


  1. Oh my goodness, that soup sounds delicious. I'm in a hotel all week, so there will be no home cooking, so I'll pretend to sit in your kitchen and smell those wonderful ingredients coming together.

  2. I love Tomato Soup and this looks like an amazing recipe! Happy Birthday Julia!!

  3. Happy Birthday Julia!

    I'll have to pick up a copy of Pedaling through Provence! Your tomato soup sounds wonderful~ love the addition of the fennel!

  4. What a delectable-sounding soup. I'll definitely bookmark this for the future. On Pinterest. I love soup!

  5. Mmmmmm...this soup sounds so good! I love fennel and I'm sure it gives this a nice flavor. I also love cookbooks and now I'll have to check this one out of the library ASAP!

  6. That soup sounds marvelous...thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Happy Birthday, Julia! ♥

  7. I so love this lady...I remember watching her with my Grandma when I was a wee little thing.

    Hugs for a great day!