So much so that I am thinking about growing some.
If you know me then you will know that I don't have the greenest thumb but basil is so worth it.
And after seeing this recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from Food For My Family and having it call to me for a few days, I just had to go buy some.
Unfortunately I think everyone in my town had the same idea because I went to store after store looking for basil, and they were sold out. But I decided to trek on knowing that the end result would be worth it.
And it was.
If you have never made homemade soup before I beg you to try this one. It is super easy and so wonderful. Here is what you will need.
Go ahead and dice up three tomatoes and a bit of onion and when you are finished throw them in to a pot that already has a bit of oil heated up in it.
I didn't realize it at the time but this is probably a little too much onion, so don't chop up as much as I did.
While this cooked down I made grilled cheese sandwiches with wheat bread, provolone cheese, and more beautiful basil.
My husband, the one who says he doesn't like soup, decided he couldn't wait for me to take a picture of this before he started devouring it.
Share this with someone you love. They will thank you for it. And you will thank the basil.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup from Food For My Family
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tomatoes, diced
1/4 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup heavy whipping cream
kosher salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes and onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Add crushed tomatoes and water and simmer for 25 minutes over a medium-low heat. Add basil leaves and puree with a hand blender until desired consistency is reached. Add cream, season with salt and pepper and continue cooking about 5 minutes more over medium-low heat until soup has reached desired temperature. Do not boil.
Serve with basil grilled cheese sandwiches. Simply add fresh basil leaves to your sandwich before grilling.
Makes 6 servings.