Tomato-Basil Soup

A great soup to enjoy on a chilly night. Not to mention all the great health benefits. The tomato contains not only vitamins A, B, C and G but also other minerals like iron, calcium, sulphur and potassium!

2 cups Hollandia Dairy Fat Free or 1% Milk
8 ripe plum tomatoes or 1 16-oz. can of tomatoes (drained)
1 medium chopped onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pinch ground red pepper
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
Freshly ground pepper
Fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the ripe tomatoes for 10 seconds. Transfer to colander; cool slightly. Peel off skin. Cut tomatoes in half, remove seeds, and chop. In a medium saucepan, cook the onion in olive oil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the chopped tomatoes. Cook uncovered over medium heat for 20 minutes. (If using the canned tomatoes, decrease cooking time to 10 minutes.) 

Spoon ¾ of mixture into food processor or blender container; puree until smooth. Return to saucepan. Add red pepper, basil and Hollandia Dairy Milk to the soup. Heat until hot but do not boil. 

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the soup into two warm bowls and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. 
(Serves 2)