Back in the day, when I worked like a slave for the corporate world, a co-worker & I would frequent Zio’s for lunch. I remember we would always get the tomato florentine soup and lots of extra minced garlic to add to our herb & olive oil dressing that we’d smoosh our bread into. God our breath must have stunk those days we got back from lunch but my oh my it was so good.
With all the fresh goodness out there in the garden and this beautiful day god has given us, after what seems like a month of clouds & rain, and no idea what to make for dinner, it hit me! Fresh onions, garlic, dill, basil, tomatoes from the garden. Swiss chard instead of spinach. Fresh Traci cream … Imma making soup for dinner!
It will be perfect because you don’t have to eat this soup piping hot. So I went out on the web to find a “like Zio’s” recipe. My there are many and in my searching many are exactly the same so I am going with the first that caught my eye.
I was very happy with the way it turned out considering the fact that I had no ketchup or white wine, I just omitted them completely. I had some left over home-made egg bread that we chunked & dropped in.
If this is not “the real” recipe it is still most excellent!
Ingredients for Like Zio’s Tomato Florentine Soup:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup diced onion (1/4-inch dice)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons fresh garlic
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup boiling water
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (3 cups)
1 tablespoon ketchup
3/4 cup vegetable juice
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoons dried dill
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons dry white wine
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh spinach, julianned to 1/8-inch
Preparation of Like Zio’s Tomato Florentine Soup:
Prepare a roux: Heat 3 tablespoons butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Whisk in flour. Cook until straw colored, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until golden brown.
Add garlic and continue to sauté 1-2 minutes.
Remove mixture from heat and pure in food processor.
Prepare chicken base: Dissolve chicken bouillon cubes in hot water.
In a small Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat tomatoes, ketchup, vegetable juice and chicken base over medium-low heat.
Add pureed onion mixture, basil, dill, hot pepper sauce, sugar, black pepper and wine.
Simmer 15 minutes.
Whisk in roux and simmer an additional 30 minutes over medium-low heat.
Whisk in cream.
Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate.
Nutrition of Like Zio’s Tomato Florentine Soup:
Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 (332g) Recipe makes 6 servings Calories 442 Calories from Fat 356 (80%) Amount Per Serving %DV Total Fat 39.6g 60% Saturated Fat 24.5g 122% Monounsaturated Fat 11.1g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.7g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 134mg 44% Sodium 874mg 36% Potassium 570mg 16% Total Carbohydrate 20.3g 6% Dietary Fiber 2.9g 11% Sugars 8.2g Protein 4.4g 8% Vitamin A 2490mcg 49% Vitamin B6 0.3mg 16% Vitamin B12 0.2mcg 2% Vitamin C 32mg 53% Vitamin E 0mcg 3% Calcium 133mg 13% Iron 1mg 9% detailed view… how is this calculated?
I found it here: http://www.justbestrecipes.com/punch/like-zio-s-tomato-florentine-soup.html