Hot Tomato Soup
When the temperature drops and the days become shorter few things taste as good to me as hot homemade soup, particularly when I've been working outside.
A few years ago a friend gave me a recipe from a famous French restaurant for a robust tomato soup. And it's the best I've ever had.
Pour the tomatoes into a large saucepan along with four cups of tomato juice. And let this simmer for about 30 minutes.
Add the basil to the tomato mixture and pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
Return the soup to the pan and add one stick of unsalted butter, one cup of whipping cream, and about a fourth of a teaspoon of cracked pepper and salt to taste.
Now just heat the soup through, allowing the butter to melt. Stir frequently and it will be ready in a few minutes.
Ladle into a large bowl and serve with crusty bread or crackers.
Time to prepare: 50 minutes.