Tomato Basil Soup

(4 c Tomatoes (8-10) -- peeled, Cored And chopped Or
4 c Canned whole tomatoes -- Crushed
12 Fresh basil leaves -- Washed
1 c Heavy cream
1/4 lb Sweet unsalted butter
Salt to taste
1/4 ts Cracked black pepper
Combine tomatoes, juice and/or stock in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes. Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in blender or food processor.

Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

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