Fresh Tomato Soup
Working in batches, in a blender or food processor combine tomatoes, peppers, broth, onion, and basil. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer all of the pureed mixture to a large saucepan.Advertisement
Cook over medium 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through. Stir in cream and honey. If desired, top servings with Grilled Cheese Croutons and additional basil. Serve warm (see Tip).
Tips: If fresh in-season tomatoes aren't available, you can substitute two 14.5-oz. cans whole tomatoes.
To make optional Grilled Cheese Croutons, sandwich together any type of bread and a good melting cheese. Brush the outside of bread with butter or oil and toast in a hot skillet or griddle until golden on each side. Cut into croutons.
On hot summer days, serve this soup cold. Prepare as directed, except omit cream. If desired, increase honey to 2 Tbsp. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. If desired, top each serving with cut-up cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Variation: Roasted Tomato Soup: Prepare as directed, except line two 15x10-inch baking pans with foil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut tomatoes in half crosswise. Seed tomatoes; arrange halves, cut sides down, in one of the prepared pans. Cut onion into 1/2-inch slices. Cut sweet peppers in half lengthwise; remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Arrange onion slices and pepper halves, cut sides down, in the remaining prepared pan. Drizzle with 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil. Roast onion and peppers 20 minutes or until peppers are charred, turning onion slices once. Bring foil up around onion and peppers and fold edges together to enclose. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel off and discard pepper skins. Preheat broiler. Broil tomatoes 4 inches from heat 4 minutes or until charred. Continue as directed in Step 1.