Caprese Soup

Caprese Soup

Is it just me because all I want on a chilly Fall day is hot bowl of Soup🥣🥣… and my Grandma’s Apple Crisp recipe but that’s for another day🤭.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a Food Photography Workshop in Quebec City hosted by Food Bloggers of Canada. I met some amazing fellow Food Bloggers, Writers, Chefs (don’t worry I’m going to share their blogs/books with you guys because you absolutely need to check them out).

I know there are sooo many Food Blogs out there now and when you follow them for a long time you feel like you know them almost!! But when you start one of your own and you’re cooking, writing, learning and just trying to survive🤦🏻‍♀️, it’s nice to connect with people in person and learn their stories, where they started! The event was hosted in a beautiful Venue, Monastère des Augustines. A former monastery from the 17th century that has been beautifully restored. Our workshop was followed by a delicious Dinner hosted by SAISONS, a Montreal based company that hosts Pop-up events with various Montreal Chefs. Great concept, delicious meal!

Besides all that good stuff, we we’re lucky enough to learn from one of the best, Mr. Dennis Prescott. I’m pretty sure most of you know who he his (he’s the one who has you drooling with every.single.one of his Instagram post🤤). He’s a Food Photographer, Chef & Writer! If you don’t know who he is… go check out all his amazing work, STAT! Oh, and he’s from New Brunswick, Yay!

So, with all that being said, I found it only fitting to share one of his recipes Today! Remember when I said Caprese was my favourite? Well conveniently enough, while browsing his recipes I found the perfect fit for my Soup craving and love for Caprese: Caprese Soup 😍#YASSTomato season is still in full swing my friends, you need to take advantage of.every.second.of.it!! The recipe calls for either canned tomatoes or fresh. I went with fresh because I picked up another 25 pounds of Tomatoes at the Market this weekend but if you want to make this in the middle of January go for canned!!

Let’s get to it!! You will need:

  • Tomatoes, Fresh or Canned
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Lemon (for the zest only)
  • Vegetable Stock (I used Chicken Stock)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • EVOO
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella (Do I dare say you could swap that with Burrata!! I’ll leave that up to you😉)
  • Crusty Bread to soak up all the deliciousness

I’ll link the Full Recipe Here so you can get all the proper measurements!!

  1. Start off by heating up a large dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle in the Olive Oil and add the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 30 seconds, watch it closely you don’t want burnt bitter garlic.
  2. Add the onions and chopped basil, season with salt and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the sundried tomatoes and brown sugar, cook for another few minutes. (the mixture is smelling sooo good at this point I would slather this on bruschetta and call it a day! But keep going, it gets even better!!)
  3. Add the tomatoes of your choices, lemon zest (love this), stock, vinegar, season with a teaspoon of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Bring to boil then simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add the remaining fresh basil leaves (keep the pretty ones for garnish). To puree the soup, you can either use a blender or a hand-blender. If you want a chunkier soup go for the hand-blender. A food processor could also work, what ever you have on hand. If you’re going with the blender/processor route, be careful and wait till it cools a little. Let me tell you from experience that hot tomatoes in a blender stains white kitchen blinds🍅🙅🏻. Puree until you achieve your desired consistency, give it a taste and adjust seasoning!

And there you have it, Caprese Soup a la Dennis Prescott.

I made a double batch a froze it but I’m sure I’ll be pulling it out of the freezer in like 2 days, sooo good!

2 Things:

  1. Dennis, Thanks for the great advice and all the good that you do! Like you would say, keep being awesome.
  2. You guys, please don’t compare our pictures, well all know who wins😏#goals

Enjoy,

XO, Nat

Oh gosh, before I forget!! Let me link those food blogs for you😊

Dennis Prescotthttps://dennistheprescott.com/ (don’t forget to buy his book too, drool worthy like I said)

Ethan/Melissahttps://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/ (Not just for food bloggers BTW, full of yummy recipes, tips & tricks)

Mark from Red Lama Media. If you are in the Moncton area, check him out! http://www.redlamamedia.ca/

Renee from – http://www.hungrybeargrazing.com/

Annie from – http://sciencefourchette.com/

Marie from – http://foodnouveau.com/  Marie also has a book, Simply Citrus!! I just got it in the mail a few days ago and it’s lovely (never too early for Christmas Shopping🎄) It’s linked on her site!

Véronique from – http://www.misspapila.com/

Allison https://ici.radio-canada.ca/quebec/ca-vaut-le-detour

Rachel https://hungryrachel.ca/

Marie-Hélènehttps://harnoisalacarte.com/

Sylvie-Isabellehttps://sylvieisabelle.com/

They obviously all have Social Media so go follow every one of them, we all need that delicious Food Inspo in our lives! If I forgot someone, so sorry, add it in the comments🙃✌🏻!!



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