I started playing around with tomato soup recipes a few days ago, because I am a soup FIEND when the weather starts getting cooler. Let's be honest, the weather only has to PRETEND to be getting cooler – like, for example, it says October on the calendar. BOOM, SOUP TIME!
I don't know if it was the way I was raised or what, but soup frequently equals stew, and I often end up with heavy meals. Normally this fits right in with heavy clothes and the like, but sometimes I just want something hot, soupy, and delicious without feeling like I need a nap directly afterward.
A lot of recipes I tried were VERY thick soups, which have a place in my life for sure. For this one, however, I wanted something a little lighter. I like to dip sandwiches of all sorts into my soups, and the thicker soups left me feeling too full to enjoy my sandwich. And mama likes her sandwiches. So, for those of you like me, here's my version of tomato soup with a kick. Top with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh chopped basil for a FANCY meal. With as much time as I spend in yoga pants, soup toppings are sometimes as glamorous as it gets.