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Love Apple Potion

No recipe image available.When tomatoes were first introduced to Europe from South America, some advocates claimed the fruit had aphrodisiac powers so the French called them pommes d'amour, or 'love apples'. This chilled tomato soup may or may not spark romantic feelings but the bright red color is a welcome addition to a special meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups chicken broth - divided use
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot, heat 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth; stir in onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking until onions are limp.
  2. Add tomatoes with juice, remaining broth and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a blender or food processor, purée the soup in batches until smooth. Stir in cheese and basil. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Makes 8 servings.