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Tomato Soup with Pistou

Tomato Soup with Pistou

The most delicious and simple tomato soup with pistou.

Recently we were asked to cater an event for a really neat person: Tammy Baldwin, the very first openly gay senator! Since Tammy represents Wisconsin, we made grilled cheese. And since we are in the midst of several atmospheric rivers, we also made soup. Tomato soup! Not much in this world beats a well made grilled cheese, but the soup was the star of this show. So, the base is pretty simple, but you’ve got to make the pistou for garnish!


When we were prepping for the event, I went to the Wednesday morning Santa Monica Farmers Market and bought every edible flower I could find; I also bought these incredible smoked tomatoes from some tiny stand that I regrettably don’t remember the name of. So, when I was preparing the soup, I almost put the smoked tomatoes in the soup, but I’m so glad I didn’t. I actually put it in the pistou, and it was incredible! If you can’t get your hands on smoked tomatoes, use sundried tomatoes instead and add a couple drops of liquid smoke to give it that extra extra.


By the way, if you are in the Los Angeles area and are interested in having your event catered by Lizzy, email me at We specialize in allergen friendly cuisine and can accommodate any diet restrictions of course. We love to cook plant based, but we also love to BBQ and fried chicken. So, the possibilities are endless.


Tomato Soup:


1 can roma tomatoes

1-2 shallots

1 TBS olive oil

5 cloves garlic

Salt to taste


  1. Roughly chop the shallots and saute them in the olive oil until they start to become transparent
  2. Chop the garlic and add it to the shallots, sautee for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the can of tomatoes and puree the mixture until smooth (you can use an immersion blender or a regular blender)
  4. Cook the soup over medium for about 10 minutes to let the flavor develop and serve hot, garnished with pistou and alongside grilled cheese


Smoked Tomato Pistou:


1 big bunch fresh basil leaves

¼-½ cup olive oil

5 cloves garlic

Zest from one lemon

1 TBS sun dried tomatoes

2 drops liquid smoke

Salt to taste


  1. Toss everything together in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth!
  3. Store in a jar in the fridge  for up to a month, delicious on sandwiches, or for the formerly tiktok viral “pesto eggs”
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