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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
December 30, 2005

This soup is going to taste a little sharp when you add TINNED tomatoes. The sharpness probably came from the metal of the can. Tinned tomatoes don't have nearly the amount of flavor as fresh. I used Roma tomatoes, which were EXCELLENT for this soup. I doubled the batch and used 64oz. of Campbells Tomato Juice. Additionally, to add some additional flavor, I used 1 strip of center cut bacon for each tomatoe or every 4 ozs. of tomatoe juice. I dislike cream of tomatoe soup, but this stuff is out of the world. Something about Roma tomatoes and homemade bacon bits in the soup put it over the top. To add the bacon, take the raw bacon and cut it into pieces, then cook it. Save the grease (I know it sounds unhealthy, but it makes the soup killer). After you cook down the tomatoes and puree them, add the grease when you add the cream. Then when serving the soup, take the bacon bits and garnish the soup with them.

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