Good Oil tomato basil soup

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Serves 4

Ingredients
1 onion finely diced
1 carrot diced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp brown sugar
50g butter diced
2 Tbsp basil pesto
salt and pepper
½ cup cream

To serve
olive oil and fresh basil

Method
In a pot saute onions, garlic and carrot in a little olive oil.

Add the cans of tomatoes, chicken stock and brown sugar and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add butter and pesto.

Blend to a smooth consistency and season to taste.

Add cream and stir through.

Serve with fresh ciabatta and garnish with fresh basil.

Requested by Dale Lennane, Dunedin. Recipe provided by The Good Oil, George St.

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