Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

I just love homemade soup and it’s getting to be that time of year.  I made this for lunch today to use up some of the last tomatoes from our garden, it was delicious!  The recipe comes from my Blendtec cookbook that came with my Blendtec blender, I’m sure you could use a regular blender or food processor to make this soup though.  All you need is a grilled cheese sandwich and you’re entering comfort food city!

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup chicken broth

3 cups tomato juice, divided

4 cups tomatoes, diced

10 fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup half and half, warmed (I used evaporated milk instead to cut out a few calories)

Heat butter in large saucepan.  While butter heats, stir continuously until butter begins to brown.  Add broth and 2 cups tomato juice, let simmer.  In jar of blender, pour in remaining 1 cup tomato juice, diced tomatoes and basil leaves and secure lid.  Select “whole juice”.  Pour basil tomato blend into broth/juice mixture in saucepan and simmer 15 – 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Stir in half and half.  Garnish with basil ribbons and cracked pepper (I went with Parmesan and a basil leaf).

 

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