This Pressure Cooker Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup is rich and creamy, just like you get at the famous Nordstrom Restaurant.
This very simple Pressure Cooker Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup is literally World Famous. Anyone who has every shopped or even heard of Nordstrom’s Department Stores, knows about their Tomato Basil Soup.
Many Nordstrom Department Stores have their own restaurant, so hungry shoppers can have a nice meal and then return to their shopping. The Nortstrom in West LA was my stomping ground for years.
The Tomato Basil Soup is always served with a generous portion of their famous Parmesan Garlic Crostini. Thanks to the Nordstrom Blog, I was able to get their precious recipe and then covert it for the Pressure Cooker.
Pressure Cooker Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup is ridiculously easy and because it uses canned tomatoes, you can whip up a batch, whenever you like. It also uses dried Basil, rather than Fresh Basil in the soup, but, there is a garnish of Fresh Basil for each serving bowl.
In reading some of the comments on the blog about the soup not tasting the same as the restaurant, I discovered that it is important to have equal amounts of carrots and onions. So, I took out my trusty Bakers Math Scale and weighed 8 oz each.
Allow the Pressure Cooker to fully heat before you add the oil. This is what makes a stainless steel pot, non-stick. Cold fat/hot pot! Remember that.
Add the onion and carrots to the hot oil. Drop in the dried basil. Sauté the Vegetables until they begin to caramelize and get good color. This step adds so much flavor to the soup.
Dump in the cans of tomatoes and your Chicken Broth/Stock. I use my Pressure Cooker Homemade Chicken Bone Broth, which is very thick and gelled, so I water it down just a bit, before adding. I did not want the broth to over power.
Vegetarians – use Vegetable Broth!
Add in some salt and pepper, but be mindful with your salt. When I make my Cooker Homemade Chicken Bone Broth, I use zero salt. Boxed broth can be quite salty. I like to add less seasoning now and then adjust the final taste to my liking.
Nordstrom simmers their soup for about 40 minutes. This Pressure Cooker Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup only gets a few minutes under pressure. Not to shabby!
Use an Immersion Blender to blend everything together and make a very smooth soup. If you prefer a thicker soup, you can keep the pot on simmer, until you reach the consistency you desire.
Look at that soup. It is gorgeous! Put your pot back into the Pressure Cooker, so that it stays nice and warm. If you don’t want any cream, you can certainly eat this now, as is.
If you love basil, go a head and add some here, otherwise, just use it as a garnish.
Pour the cream into the blended Pressure Cooker Norstrom Tomato Basil Soup and allow to simmer gently, just enough to warm the bot back up.
Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to your liking. Make sure you have made some Nordstrom Parmesan Garlic Crostini to enjoy with your Pressure Cooker Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup.
This makes a TON of soup. I like to store my soup in individual servings, using my FoodSaver. It comes in so handy and I’ve been able to make all kinds of soup and other hot meals and then just pop it in my Pressure Cooker to quickly heat and then enjoy.
Serve with Nordstrom Parmesan Garlic Crostini. I sometimes like to sink a Crostini, right into the middle of my soup bowl. Another delicious soup to try is my Pressure Cooker Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana (Italian Soup).
Kathy and Heather, sorry it took me so long to get this posted!
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Cilio Olivewood Spatula
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Bamix Immersion Hand Blender
- Nordstrom Parmesan Garlic Crostini
- Foodsaver Automatic Vaccum System
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 oz Carrots, peeled and chopped
- 8 oz Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
- 3 cans (28 oz each) San Marzano Tomatoes in Purée (Italian style)
- 1 cup Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 1 - 1.5 cup Heavy Whipping Cream or Half & Half
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt or one teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper, freshly ground
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons
- Chop up the carrots and onions
- Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker cooking pot and allow to full heat.
- Add oil and then add carrots, onions and dried basil. Sauté for 4 minutes, or until vegetables start to caramelize and the onions become a bit translucent.
- Add canned tomatoes and chicken broth.
- Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve.
- Cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes.
- When Beep is heard, allow a full Natural Pressure Release.
- Turn Pressure Cooker off and Select Sauté or Browning.
- Using an immersion blender and blend until soup is smooth.
- Add cream and allow to heat through.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with Nordstrom Parmesan Garlic Crostini.