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tomato basil soup


2 cups whole peeled tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

3 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried basil (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper


In a blender or food processor, puree whole tomatoes with olive oil until smooth.

Pour pureed tomatoes into a saucepan.

Season with salt, bay leaves, thyme, basil and white pepper.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Remove bay leaves before serving.

Optional - add sauteed zucchini, onions and/or mushrooms.