Sitting around the pool this morning on a play date, I was talking with my fellow moms about how a recipe longer than 45 minutes is a big turn off. Every now and then I love a long, drawn out recipe, but for the day to day life 45 minutes or less is the way to attract this Southern girl.
This soup is a staple! While not the most healthy you can make substitutions to some of the ingredients in order to lower the calories. Of course that would be for the wimps though! I love this recipe because it makes a TON. You can share it with a friend who has just had a new baby, call your mom and say you are bringing her dinner, or just hoard it for yourself and drink it with a straw. It is very versatile and pairs well with grilled cheese, salads, paninis, warm crusty sourdough, etc.
Tomato Basil Soup
2 (28 ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5 ounce) can of chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic, minced
10 fresh basil leaves, minced
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 cup of whipping cream
1/2 cup of butter (or margarine - wuss)
In a large saucepan or stockpot, bring the tomatoes, broth and garlic to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted.
Tip: Bottle this up in a large mason jar and stick it in a basket with a french baguette and Caesar salad kit from your local grocer. This would be a great treat for your children's teachers, a friend that has just had a baby, or even taking to your husband at work.
with Belles and Beauxs
*adapted from All Recipes' Basil Tomato Soup with some addition and subtraction