For all those worried about calories, relax. Why? How many calories are in the tomatoes? Then, take the calories from the cream and butter and basil, and it isn't near as much as it seems. I used basil from my garden. Perhaps we are light on it, but it made more than 4 servings when eating with moderation -- unless you eat nothing else. It is a beautiful, rich soup. AT least as good as Panera's from my point of view. I made it as is and was delighted -- as were my three teen boys and husband. I have also tried it with adding a pinch of ancho pepper, ground fennel, bit of onion, bit of garlic, bit of celery salt, a 2 tsp of sugar. That version was yummy. This is great as is, and one can adjust and play with the add-ins. Depending on what you have with it, you can be wonderfully creative. Definitely makes a great soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. I started thinking of all of the different foods they serve at Panera that go with soup!! Lots to enjoy. Excellent soup.
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For all those worried about calories, relax. Why? How many calories are in the tomatoes? Then,...