1 ~ 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, recommended: Contadina
12 large basil leaves
1/4 c sweet cream butter, unsalted
1 c heavy cream
1/4 t salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Simmer tomatoes in medium pot 20 minutes over medium high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Transfer to food processor along with basil. Process until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile melt butter, stirring constantly. Return tomato and basil puree to pot and stir to combine with butter. Add cream and heat through. Ladle into soup bowls, garnish with additional basil if desired. Serves 4.