Tomato Basil Soup

Basil's aroma and flavors are intoxicating. It's no wonder that many cultures associate basil with love. One tradition states that if a man gives a sprig of basil to a woman, she will fall in love with him forever. In Haitian lore, basil is said to come from their love goddess, Erzulie, as an aphrodisiac. Take a cue from folklore and make this smooth, rich Tomato-Basil soup for your valentine. What a heart-warming way to show your love!

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  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound tomatoes (about 3 medium), chopped
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¾ chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons basil, coarsely chopped


  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add tomatoes and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add tomato sauce, broth, cream, and half of the basil, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth.
  4. Pour soup into bowls. Top with chopped basil, crusty Italian bread, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  5. What recipes do you make to show your love?

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