Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gail's Fresh Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese

I love grilled cheese sandwiches...Whenever I do not know what to make for dinner I seem to gravitate toward some sort of grilled sandwich/panini. It generally is a glorified grilled cheese as I am a HUGE cheese lover. No grilled cheese would be complete without tomato soup. For many years I could not find a good and easy recipe for tomato soup, until my friend Ali given me her sister's recipe for a fresh tomato/basil soup. It is very easy and quick soup, rich in bright tomato and basil flavors. If you like tomato and basil combination this is a must try recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Thank you Ali & Gail for sharing!!!

Gail's Fresh Tomato & Basil Soup

3 TBS of butter
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
28 oz can of crashed tomatoes
15 leaves of fresh basil (use more if you like the basil flavor)
1 can of chicken stock
1 tsp of sugar
cayenne pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1/2 cup of Heavy cream

Saute butter, garlic and onion till soft, put it in the blender, add basil and blend till smooth, add crashed tomatoes and blend till pureed. Return to pan and add chicken stock, season with cayenne pepper, salt and sugar. Heat just till boiling (do not boil)Add heavy cream, remove from heat and serve.

Serve alone or with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich.


  1. I do so love tomato soup, and tomatoes and basil just go together. Your photo is wonderful -- makes me want to dig right in.

  2. Perfect comfort food. It has me thinking of the cool Fall days ahead.

  3. Yummm... sounds so tasteful! I also love tomato soup!