Okay, so I'm in a soup frame of mind.... it's cold out there!! This soup with a grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect combo.

Cream of Tomato Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 cups canned crushed tomatoes
5 1/4 cups chicken broth
2 stalks fresh basil
1/2 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, add onion and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes and add tomatoes, basil  (stalks will be removed later), and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove basil and stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper.