Friday, April 4, 2014

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Kathleen made this over Spring Break. It is THE best tomato soup we have ever made. It seemed to get better after the first day.

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 14 oz can chicken broth {or 2 cups}
2 Tbsp sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream (Beth used fat free half and half)
15-20 Basil leaves, chopped

Combine the tomatoes, broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined. (We pureed the tomatoes)

Very slowly pour in the heavy cream while simultaneously stirring until all the cream is combined and the soup is creamy.

Stir in the basil.

I like to serve it hot garnished with a dollop of pesto and freshly grated parmesan cheese!

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