La Madeline's Tomato Basil Soup

The chain French restaurant La Madeline has a delicious tomato basil soup. It's just pure yummy. I have a recipe that came from a cookbook my friend's parents put together. They got the recipe when it was printed in the Houston newspaper and it is delicious! Plus it's super easy! Made it tonight. It's great with a nice crusty bread.

-Tomatoes, 4 cups (8-10), peeled, cored, and chopped [or 4 cups canned whole tomatoes]
-Tomato juice, 4 cups [or a mixture of tomato juice and vegetable or chicken broth]
-basil leaves, 12-14, + additional for garnish
-whipping cream, 1 cup
-unsalted butter, 1/4 cup
-cracked black pepper, 1/4 tsp
-salt and pepper to taste

1. Simmer tomatoes and juice over medium low heat for 30 minutes
2. Cool slightly, then add basil and purée in a food processor or blender
3. Return to sauce pan. Add cream and butter
4. Stir over low heat until they are blended well
5. Add salt and pepper
6. Serve garnished with basil (optional) [bread goes nicely]


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