This is a super-easy tomato basil soup!  It's best made with ripe, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil. 

Just add some onion, garlic, salt & pepper, and cream (optional), and you'll quickly have a pot full of the best tomato soup you've ever eaten!  Pair with crusty bread or eat it in a bread bowl for super-lunch bonus points.

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

3 medium onions, chopped
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
~10 tomatoes (big juicy heirloom varieties* are best!)
~10 cloves garlic
~1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
handful fresh basil, chopped
1/4 - 1/2 cup heavy cream

large heavy-bottomed pot
cutting board
sharp chef's knife
wooden spoon

* I get my awesome heirloom tomatoes from Wild Boar Farms at my local farmers' market.  They sell seeds online if you want to grow your own!  Highly recommended.
Mmmmmmmm Foooood Porrrn
om nom nom nom so good thank yout!!
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Thanks! We made this and it was delicious!
Awesome, glad to hear it!
Yum-num-a-licious! I would have rated it higher, but you forgot to include the <b><i>bacon</i></b> :-(
Ah, but that's a <i>different</i> soup!<br /><br />I'm a big fan of pork stock and crumbly bacon bits, though. Yum.
<p>Now we're opening a whole kettle of fish! </p><p>Oh, wait, that's also a <i>different</i> soup...</p>
Possibly even a bouillabaisse. Or a chowder!
Of the two, I think the chowder sounds a bit <i>dicey</i>.
Take stock of what you've got.<br> <br> Hmmm, I think this is the germination of an soup contest. &nbsp;Dibs on the <em>rat</em>atouille.
I adore that tomato porn shot in the first step. Tasty!!
Thank you! <br />The tomatoes really are that gorgeous - I can barely do them justice with a camera. And they taste even better. If you're in the market for heirloom tomato seeds, this farm is an excellent place to start.
That picture is gorgeous, and don't get me started on how tasty and savory and wonderful tomatoes are.... drool... I love all kinds and not just the heirlooms. Some of the improved varieties are amazing as well, but I'll agree with you on<a href="http://notsoangryredhead.blogspot.com/2009/08/veggies-at-farmers-market.html" rel="nofollow"> farmer's market tomatoes</a>. Tomatoes really need to be local for maximum flavah!&nbsp; Blemishes also seem to add flavah.

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