Kopykat Applebee's Tomato Basil Soup

Submitted by Starscr292

 

5 large beefsteak tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced

5 c. V-8 juice

1/4 c. onion, very finely minced

2 garlic cloves, pressed

14 - 18 fresh basil leaves

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1-1/4 heavy cream

1/2 c. butter

salt and pepper to taste

croutons for garnish

 

Place tomatoes and juice in a stock pot over medium heat; simmer 30 minutes.  Puree the tomato mixture along with the basil leaves, onions, garlic and Italian seasonings.

 

Place in slow cooker at low heat.  Slowly add heavy cream, then butter - until melted; season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Simmer in slow-cooker for 1-1/2 - 2 hours on low.  Be sure soup does not boil.