Bloggers' Choice is always my favorite theme in the Taste of Home Cooking Recipe Swaps. The only problem is when you get a blog that has too many recipes that you want to try!
I was given a blog I was already familiar with, The Barbee Housewife. I went back and forth between chicken recipes, pasta recipes, and finally decided to make a Tomato-Basil Soup. I've made tomato soup a few different ways, but this one looked very simple, and I was curious to see what adding the butter at the end would do. The flavor of the soup was like some I have had at restaurants, and I think it must have been the butter! The original recipe called for an entire stick of butter, but I added it slowly, tablespoon by tablespoon, while tasting it, and only ended up using half of a stick. I also added garlic because I just love garlic.
I'm so glad I made this soup, especially since we had snow twice in three days over the time I made it - it was the perfect lunch after playing in the snow for a while with my daughter!
Source: The Barbee Housewife
- 4 cups of Whole, Peeled, Canned Tomatoes, crushed
- 4 cups of Tomato Juice
- Added: 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 12-14 Basil Leaves
- 1 cup of Heavy Cream
- 1 stick of Butter, unsalted (I used 1/2 of a stick)
- 1/4 teaspoon of Cracked Black Pepper
- Combine tomatoes, garlic, and juice in a large pot over medium high heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let the soup cool slightly.
- Add the basil leaves and puree the soup either in small batches in a blender/food processor or by using a handheld immersion blender.
- Return the soup to the pot and add the cream and butter (I suggest adding a tablespoon at a time until you get the flavor you want) while stirring over low heat until the cream and butter are incorporated.
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