First I sauteed some carrots and red onion in olive oil for quite some time, then added garlic for the last minute.
Then I added the basil, chicken stock, tomatoes which since I don't have a food mill I had already peeled and deseeded before I chopped up, salt, tomato paste, pepper, and sugar and boiled for about 40 minutes.
Then came decision time. Since I don't have a food mill, I could easily have just left it at that, but it wouldn't have that blended consistancy, so I used a slotted spoon and got out as much of the chunky stuff as I could and ran it through my trusty blender.
It was just outstanding. I'm a huge fan of tomato soup and this is right up with the best I've tried. I thought the carrots and onion were a bit weird - red onion at that - but it was just fantastic.
Here's a link to the full recipe. I only used half of the sugar it recommended after reading the reviews.
Finally, I leave you with the visual proof of why the girl will not be applying her own make up any time soon.
The picture is rather one sided - you're missing the four hair lollies on the other side of her head and the three hanging off of the braid in back.
Granted - she is accessorizing, but imagine that heavy hand with electric blue eyeshadow.
The morning comes early. Sweet tomato soup dreams.