Bring tomatoes, celery and onion to a boil and keep at a low boil for 10 minutes. Continue simmering if needed until onion and celery are soft. Remove from heat.
Puree tomato mixture in the blender. I like to allow it to cool a bit for easier handling. Otherwise, be careful, it will be hot. Do not let it splash on you.
Make a white sauce.
Heat butter in sauce pan until melted. Add 3 cups milk and bring to just below a boil.
Mix flour and the last cup of milk in a shaker container or whisk together thoroughly. Slowly pour into milk mixture stirring with a wire whisk constantly.
Stirring constantly, simmer until thickened. Stir in basil or any other desired spices.
Stir white sauce into the tomato puree.
If you like more tomatoey (I think I just made that word up) use less white sauce; if you like very creamy tomato soup, dump it all in! Heat through and serve.
Goes great with crackers, toast, or (our favorite) grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!
Crock pot ham and beans recipe ~ Great for cooking on a budget it uses only a small amount of meat or go for meatless. Save your ham bone from a ham dinner. Get a second meal.
Cherry Cobbler Recipe ~ Simple and easy recipe from one of my readers... and you know how much I love simple!
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