Soups and Stews

Sunday Meeting Tomato Soup


Recipe courtesy of Stovetop Suppers

by Gooseberry Patch


1/2 cup butter, sliced

1 cup fresh basil, chopped (don’t skimp on the basil-it really makes this soup gourmet tasting)

2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 quart (4 cups) half & half

salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: croutons, shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese



1. In a large saucepan or pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add basil; sauté for 2 minutes.


2. Add tomatoes with juice and garlic. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


3. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer tomato mixture to a blender ( or food processor) and puree. Transfer back into saucepan and add half & half, mixing well.

4. Reheat soup over medium-low heat, being careful not to boil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with croutons and shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese.

 This is such a simple, yet tasty soup.  The fresh basil really makes the difference here, so even though 1 cup seems like a lot of basil, add it all, you will not regret it.  I garnished my soup with fresh chives from my garden and shaved parmesan.  Enjoy!


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