Tomato Basil Soup

tomato basil soup

Lately the weather has been kind of strange for Texas.  Usually in May, it is hot and we are looking for something cool to eat.  This year, we have had several cool spells, in fact it has been downright chilly several different times recently.  Chilly days always have me wanting soup.  I like this one because it is simple, has great flavor and is easy to make.

1 quart tomatoes

1/2 medium onion, minced

1/4 tsp. salt

dash pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

1 bay leaf

3 tablespoons fresh basil, minced

1/4 cup. butter

1/4 cups flour

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 quart milk

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Simmer tomatoes, onions, salt, pepper, sugar, bay leaf, basil and garlic for about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf Use an immersion blender to blend slightly, you still want to have small bits of tomato.  Melt butter and blend in flour, slowly add milk, stirring until thick, about 10 minutes. Add to tomato mixure.  Stir in cheese.  Stir to blend and heat for an additional 10 minutes.  Serve with fresh basil on top.

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