Return the mixture to the pan, keep it hot over medium heat. Season with dried basil, creole seasoning, a little more salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste.
Pour the soup into 4 oven safe bowls/ramekins. Top each with a slice of toast. Now top the toast with a great big pile of motzarella cheese...and a bit of parmeasan while you're at it.
Pop the soup bowls back into the oven, still set on a low broil. Broil them just until the cheese melts and gets happy.
And there you go, a simple yet heart warming soup.
Creamy French Tomato Soup (Printable Recipe)
4 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning
6 oz. tomato paste
1 c. cream/half&half
1 c. chicken broth
4 slices French bread
1 tbsp. butter
1 c. motzarella cheese
1/4 c. parmeasan cheese
Place chopped veggies in a large pot, add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Allow the tomato mixture to come to a soft boil, stirring occasionally. When the onions have softened, transfer the mixture to a blender; blend until smooth. Return to the pot and add remaining ingredients. Pour soup into 4 oven-safe bowls/ramekins.
Lightly butter the sliced french bread; place on a baking sheet. Using a broiler, set to low, toast the bread until golden brown. Place a slice of bread on top each bowl of soup. Top with motzarella and parmeasan cheese. Return to broiler and let cook for a few minutes; just until the cheese is melted.