• 14 Oz Can Italian tomatoes*
• 2 Cups Chicken Broth – Vegetable will do, too
• 2 Large Garlic Cloves – finely chopped
• 3 or 4 Large Basil Leaves
• Several Leaves of Italian Parsley
• Worcestershire Sauce
• Tobasco Sauce – or your favorite hot sauce
• ¼ – 1/3 cup Vodka
• Several Leaves of Italian Parsley
• Salt and Pepper to Taste
• 3 Tbs Olive Oil

In a large saucepan, brown the garlic in the oil for a very few minutes, just until fragrant. Do not let the garlic brown. Chop the tomatoes and pour them with their juice into the pot. Stir to incorporate with the garlic and then add the stock, and basil. Let simmer for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return to the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper and let simmer for a few minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce and stir. Add Tobasco or your favorite hot sauce a few drops at a time. Simmer for about 10 minutes until heated to your desired temperature. (This soup is also good cold or room temperature.) Just before serving add the vodka, more or less, to your preference. Pour into bowls and garnish with the parsley leaves.

Fino alla prossima volta, buona saluti!

*Available at the Market