Cream of Tomato Basil Soup

Cream of Tomato Basil Soup

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From October 23, 2006:  If you want to impress and don’t have much time, make this simple and elegant soup. It’s hard to believe it is so easy and quick to make.  I’ve been making this soup for years and it’s one of my very favorites.  It’s wonderful with a crusty white bread and a baby greens salad dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.  Perfect for when the weather starts to cool down.

Cream of Tomato Basil Soup

1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
28 ounces water
1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Combine crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and dried basil in saucepan.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Blend mixture with hand blender.  Over low heat, stir in cream and butter.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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