Tomato Basil Soup

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Flavorful soup, also excellent served chilled with a pasta salad.

3 Tablespoons butter
1 large onion, sliced
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup lightly packed chopped fresh basil
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
sald to taste

Garnish:
thin slices of lemon
fresh basil leaves

In 3 quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and carrot and cook until onion is transparent, stirring frequently. Stir in tomatoes, basil, sugar and pepper. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Pour into food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Return to pan and stir in broth and salt. Heat until steaming. Ladle into individual bowls and float 1 thin lemon slice topped with a basil leaf in each bowl.


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