Tomato & Basil Soup

PREP TIME:  20 Minutes

SERVES: Four

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs Lakeside Tomatoes on the Vine, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup basil, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red chili pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
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PREPARATION

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Add the onions and leek, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add garlic, thyme, basil, and chili pepper. Stir for a minute.

Add tomatoes and broth, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Mix in cream cheese, salt and pepper.

Serve with a tablespoon of fresh ream and basil.

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