We all have some sort of food memory that we associate with summer. I have a seasonal fondness for Bomb Pop popsicles and potato salad, but my husband Todd would always talk about this chilled strawberry soup that he used to eat in the summer and how much he missed it. Since the soup was at a restaurant and not something he had a recipe for, he's never known exactly how to make it. But it sounded so delicious I thought I would take up the task of recreating a bite of his childhood. I thought it would be fun to put a basil twist on the flavors and Emma suggested adding some angel food cake croutons. I mean, the croutons are genius, right?!?
Take all your ingredients except for the sugar and basil extract and blend them until smooth in a blender.
Add in your sugar to taste. You'll probably use anywhere between 2-4 tablespoons, but it depends on how sweet your strawberries are to begin with. Once your soup is the desired level of sweetness, add in 1/4 teaspoon of basil extract, then add more as needed. If you want to use fresh basil, start with a few chopped leaves and adjust to taste.
Place your soup in the refrigerator to chill overnight or for about 8 hours before serving.
For the croutons, cut 1"; thick slices of angel food cake and then cut into 1"; squares. Place on an oiled baking sheet and place in a 400° oven until the edges are golden brown (about 7 minutes or so). Place the croutons on your soup right before eating.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (431g)|
|Recipe Makes: 2 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 185 (58%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 20.6g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 12.5g||63 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 5.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.9g|
|Cholesterol 65.2mg||20 %|
|Sodium 109.8mg||4 %|
|Potassium 605.4mg||16 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 26.9g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.5g||14 %|
|Sugars, other 23.4g|
|Protein 8.8g||13 %|
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Calories per serving: 317
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