Cream of Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup With Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

If you have fresh garden tomatoes,  you can substitute fresh tomatoes for the tomatoe puree in the recipe simply by roasting them in the oven with some quality olive oil, then blending them into a puree.

Ingredients
2 – 28 oz. cans tomato puree
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 large red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled and chopped, or one jar of roasted red peppers, drained & chopped
3 tablespoons Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves washed, dried, & torn, reserving 6 small sprigs for garnish
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese
1 cup heavy cream
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions
In a medium (5+ quart) heavy stock pot, heat one tablespoon of SUnshine Cast Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Herb Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauce until translucent, for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add the white wine and reduce by half.

Add the chicken stock, roasted peppers, tomato puree, basil leaves and oregano to the pot. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from heat. Using a blender with a secure lid, puree the soup in small batches until smooth and creamy in consistency. Add the heavy cream and Romano Cheese and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve individual bowls of soup drizzled with approximately one teaspoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and a sprig of basil. Serve immediately.

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