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Volume III
August 09, 2013

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Tastes Just Like Zupas!

By Sydney Hill

I've decided to do a series of restaurant copycats. I did not go in to steal these recipes. I just want to make that clear before you picture me in a black ski mask going about these restaurants, sneaking into their recipe vaults. These are just things I have found from different people or the internet. Things that taste just like, or at least SUPER close to the original.

Airing today is a favorite of mine. Zupa's Cafe Tomato Basil Soup. It's one of their most requested.

I decided to try this specific one, because if you've ever had this soup from Zupa's, it has a sweet taste that's hard to pinpoint, but so amazing. The flavors blend so well. When I saw this recipe used apple juice, I thought that's probably what gives the unique flavor. I tried it and was thoroughly impressed. It's very similar and so so good!

Just so you know, while I was researching for this recipe, I did find one that used almonds. I think that one must be really good too; I might just have to try it, but this one is awesome. Trust me.

Zupa's Copycat Tomato Basil Soup

Servings: 5
Calories per serving: 462

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
4 cups chopped fresh or canned tomatoes (or 1 qt home-canned tomatoes)
1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken broth)
1/3 cup orzo pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup butter

In saucepan, heat oil and apple juice over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and pepper 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft but not brown. Add small amounts of water if mixture becomes dry). Remove from heat. Add tomatoes and broth. Stir. Puree in blender and return to the pot. Add pasta; cook 10 minutes, stirring. Add butter and cream. Stir in. Simmer 15 min. do not boil. Add basil and serve immediately.

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Sydney Hill
Weekly Newsletter Contributer since 2012

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