Last summer my daughter and I were on a Girls’ Day Out with some extended family. We ventured over to a little tea house and had quite a delightful afternoon (followed with some much needed window shopping). The new owner of the tea house was quite friendly and shared her recipe for our favorite tomato soup! (Needless to say I had been trying to recreate it for about a year at this point!!!)
I was shocked with how easy it was to prepare and a bit disappointed that she used canned tomatoes… but have since found the recipe to be a true delight (and lifesaver) on those rough days when the kids need lunch and I’m clearly spinning too many plates and can’t focus. It truly is my son’s FAVORITE soup of all time. (Funny… since it’s a tea house recipe.)
Of course, I had to tweak the recipe a bit, to add some health to it. Here’s what we’ve got:
2 cans of Greenwise Basil, Oregano and Garlic Diced Tomatoes (she uses Hunts)
dash or two Dried Basil
3-5 oz Baby Spinach (Beet Greens would also work well)
1 cup Heavy Cream (milk works too)
Salt (~1 TBSP)
Sugar (~2 TBSP)
Blend the tomatoes, basil and spinach in a food processor for approximately 20 seconds or until most of the chunks are gone. Pour the mixture into a pot and heat. Add salt and sugar, tasting frequently until you like the flavor. If too salty, add more sugar. If too sweet, add more salt. (Be careful not to go overboard.) Add cream (or milk) if desired and continue to heat. No need to bring to a boil after the cream has been added. Just stir thoroughly and serve.
About the Teahouse:
The original name of this delightful tea house (when I first tried the soup) was Tea by the Sea, in Berlin, MD (where Run Away Bride was filmed!!!). I believe its current name is Main Street Enchanted Tearoom. I’ll try to find some pictures of Berlin, just for fun, to add to this post real soon.