25 May 2023

Ingredients for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (14 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
Croutons, for serving (optional)

Method for cooking Creamy Tomato Basil Soup:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (including the juice) and tomato sauce to the pot. Stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Using an immersion blender or a countertop blender, puree the tomato mixture until smooth. If using a countertop blender, blend in batches and be cautious of hot liquids. Return the soup to the pot.
  • Stir in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring the soup back to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the heavy cream and chopped basil to the pot. Stir well to incorporate. Simmer the soup for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add the sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Remove the soup from the heat. Ladle the creamy tomato basil soup into bowls. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves, and croutons if desired.

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