This is a wonderful creamy tomato basil soup recipe.
You could quite easily use tomato juice for this recipe rather than fresh tomatoes.
I use passata which is sieved tomato.
You will need 6 Cups equivalent.
Tomato Basil Soup
Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, potato and garlic until soft.
Add the tomatoes and stock and bring it to the boil.
Allow it to simmer for about 25 minutes.
You can either sieve the soup or liquidise it - I prefer to liquidise, but some people don't like the pips from the tomatoes, so that's your choice.
Then add the basil and bring it back up to serving temperature.
Taste and adjust the seasoning - salt and pepper if necessary.
This soup is equally good served ice cold in the summer.
I would serve it with some hot crusty bread and butter.
To be honest, most fresh tomatoes are a little disappointing in flavor I find - if you can get really ripe ones, then use them, but if they're those tasteless things that you find at the supermarket these days, then use either canned tomatoes or tomato puree/juice.
For the stock, you can use water that you have boiled vegetables in or chicken stock. Alternatively, use a cube of vegetable stock.
This would be one of those occasions where I would use my basil oil in the softening stage
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