Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

I do not remember when I has my first bowl of creamy tomato basil soup, but I do remember loving it and never wanting to go back to plain tomato soup. There is just something about a warm bowl of creamy tomato basil soup, that I just love.

The red pepper flakes in this soup add a very subtle hint of spicy to it, but are completely optional. If you are not a fan of spicy foods, you can leave them out or reduce the amount and the soup will still taste delicious.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
3 rounded tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
black pepper, to taste
1 cup half and half

Directions:
In a large stockpot melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted add in the onion and carrots. Cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add in the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, basil, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and sugar. Add in black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low, simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and remove the bay leaf. Puree with an immersion blender or transfer in batches to a blender to puree. Add in the half and half, stirring to combine and heat through.

Enjoy!!!

Serves: 6
Calories: 187
Total Fat: 8.6g
   Saturated: 5.3g
   Polyunsaturated: 0.4g
   Monounsaturated: 2.3g
   Trans: 0g
Cholesterol: 25.1mg
Sodium: 117.1mg
Potassium: 613.7mg
Total Carbs: 19.9g
   Dietary Fiber: 4.6g
   Sugars: 9.5g
Protein: 4.6g
Vitamin A: 68.2%
Vitamin C: 17.8%
Calcium: 6.7%
Iron: 11.3%
*The nutritional information will vary slightly depending on the brands you use.
*Adapted from The Menu Mom.

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