An easy elegant starter

Slighty spciy and smoky tasteI adore soup. It makes a fabulous lunch or an elegant first course. I love spicy tomato soup and its endless variations. It is the perfect showcase for a good olive oil. This soup makes your life easy when entertain and pressed for time – yet no one is short-changed.

 
Serve it hot or cold.
 
Grind 1tbsp Chipotle chilies in adobe sauce (canned) with 1 lg. clove of garlic in processor or blender. This is a smoky chili in smoky-sweet tomato sauce. Canned is easy to use and find. It is hot.
 
Or roast 1-2 dried chipotle Chile(s), cool and de-seed.
Soak for 20 minutes and then grind with 1 large garlic clove in a processor or blender.
(save extra in jar)
Sauté 1 small chopped onion in 1tbsp. of good olive oil (not best) until soft, not brown
Add 1 scant tsp chili paste, and sauté 2 minutes with 1 heaping tsp of ground cumin. If you like spicy, add more, but be cautious.
Purée and then add 1 large can Glen Muir Organic Fire Roast tomatoes or a large can of good quality San Marzano tomatoes. Must be this quality. In the summer, you can substitute three cups of seeded and pureed very juicy fresh tomatoes.
½  cup water
1 ½ tsp smoked  paprika
1 tbsp sugar
Bring to a light boil, and then simmer for 10 minutes
1tbsp kosher salt.
Correct salt and serve.
 
To serve, finish the soup with a good olive oil and large toasted croutons of good bread. Just put a light circle of oil on the top of the soup.
 
Toast the bread lightly. Rub it with a peeled clove of garlic, and sprinkle lightly with the fried or fresh herbs of your choosing. Then toast again lightly! Simple and delicious.
 
I used Sulleria Extra Virgin Olive Oil to finish the soup and make the croutons. Sulleria is an exquisite artisanal product from Calabria, Italy. A simple recipe such as this showcases the incredible flavours of this hand-harvested olive oil. Using high quality oil such as Sulleria can elevate this dish to something extra special. If you adore fine oil olive, you will want to check out http://sulleria.com/
 
 
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