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Tomato Basil Soup

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 I hope your summer garden is giving you an abundance of basil, because you will definitely want to make this soup! It is easy enough for a fast weeknight supper (we like it along with grilled cheese sandwiches), but delicious enough for a special meal. Don’t try to substitute dried basil, the flavor just won’t be the same. If you are lucky enough to have a surplus of fresh tomatoes you can use those instead of using the canned tomatoes called for in the recipe. Just use about 3 lbs. of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped; and add about 20 minutes to the cooking time to let them break down well enough before blending.

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Tomato Basil Soup
Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: Italian
Aromatic fresh basil is used in abundance to make this delicious but simple soup.
  • 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1½ teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 28oz can of whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz can of whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves (about 1 large handful) plus more for garnish
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook only about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and salt and cook one minute.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and stir well.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.
  6. Roughly chop the fresh basil and stir into the soup along with the honey.
  7. Place the soup in a blender, one half of it at a time, and puree until smooth, or use an immersion blender and puree directly in the pot.
  8. Taste for salt, and serve garnished with more slivered basil if desired.

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