4cupstomatoespeeled, cored and chopped, or 4 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed
12 - 14washed fresh basil leavesplus additional for garnish, chopped
1/2cupsweetunsalted butter, softened
Salt to taste
1/4teaspooncracked black pepper
Combine tomatoes and juice in a saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes over
medium-low heat. Cool slightly, then place in a blender or food
processor. Add basil and process to puree; this will have to be done in
Return mixture to saucepan. Add cream and butter. Stir over low heat
until butter and cream are incorporated. Stir in salt and pepper before
serving. Garnish with more fresh basil and serve with fresh, crusty
bread. Makes 8 servings.
Notes: When I don't have fresh basil I use 1 Tablespoon dried. When making this soup for my family for a quick meal I often use half and half in place of the heavy cream and cut back on the butter. It is still yummy, but the real thing is divine!
Amount Per Serving
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.