The flavor of a fresh, ripe tomato is an inimitable delight. This soup so perfectly captures that flavor that it may well become your go-to soup of summer, when great tomatoes are available in abundance.
This soup makes a delicious and satisfying lunch or light dinner when paired with a sandwich (grilled cheese is our traditional favorite) or a tossed green salad. For a silky, elegant appetizer version, add a splash of cream just before serving.
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, sauté the leeks, stirring regularly, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic purée and tomatoes, and stir well. Add the broth and basil purée, stirring well to combine. Cover the pot and simmer until the tomatoes have fallen apart, about 20 minutes.
Carefully transfer the soup to a blender (do this in batches, and hold the lid tightly to prevent spattering) and purée until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve hot or cold.
Variation: Heirloom Tomato-Ginger Soup
Replace the Basil Purée above with the same measure of Earthbound Farm Crushed Fresh Ginger Organic Herb Purée for an Asian-inspired flavor twist.