Tomato soup is a family favourite



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots, and sauté about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt and pepper, and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are very tender.

  2. Add the cream to the soup. Process soup through a food mill (discarding only the dry pulp that remains) or run soup carefully through a blender. Reheat the soup over low heat just until hot and serve with garnish of basil leaves and/or croutons.