1 tsp (5 mL) Basil Oil or olive oil
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 can (15 oz or 398 mL)
crushed tomatoes, undrained
1½ cups (375 mL) vegetable broth
¼ cup (50 mL) snipped fresh basil leaves
¼ cup (50 mL) part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tbsp (30 mL) grated fresh
1 egg white, lightly beaten
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
¼ tsp (1 mL) coarsely ground black pepper
1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
1. For soup, combine oil and garlic in (3-qt./2.8-L) Saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat 1-2 minutes or just until garlic begins to turn light golden brown. Immediately add tomatoes, broth and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, for dumplings, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg white, salt and black pepper in Small Batter Bowl; mix well. Add flour; stir just until combined. Using Small Scoop, scoop dumpling mixture directly into simmering soup. Cook until dumplings float to the surface, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with thinly sliced fresh basil.
Yield: 2 servings
- * 4 cloves garlic 6 whole tomatoes (Tessie insists they must be super-red vine ripened roma tomatoes)
- 1 tsp white sugar (start with 1/2 teaspoon and add the remaining half to taste as some may find the full amount a little too much)
- * 2 bay leaves (dried)
- * 1 tbsp good quality tomato paste extra virgin olive oil (preferably Spanish)
- * Freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste
- 1 chicken stock cube
How to make it
- Using a medium sized, heavy based pot, fill the base with olive oil to the depth of approximately halfway up your index fingertip. Peel and dice the garlic lengthways. You can add 2 extra cloves if you wish, it only intensifies the flavour (in a good way). Add the diced garlic to the pot with oil and gently fry the garlic at a low heat being careful not to burn them.
- Fill a separate small pot with water and bring it to the boil. Add the tomatoes and boil for approximately 3 minutes, until you begin to see the skin peeling away from the flesh. Remove from the boiling water, discard water and then peel tomatoes.
- Add the tomatoes to the pot with oil and garlic and chop them into small pieces with sharp knife. Simmer at a low heat and stir continually as the sauce begins to thicken and reduce. Gradually add a few drops of water, then add the stock cube and the bay leaves. Stir and simmer for a further 10 minutes then add the tomato paste, sugar and salt and pepper. Keep on a low simmer for a further ten minutes for the sauce to reduce and flavours intensify. Remove bay leaves before serving.