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Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.




Cream of Tomato and Basil Soup

Prep Time:
5 minutes 
Cook Time:
12 minutes 
Serving Size:

Cream of Tomato and Basil SoupIngredients

  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1 ea small red onion, diced
  3. 2 cups dry white wine
  4. 3 cups canned diced tomatoes (or 1 12-oz can)
  5. 2 cups heavy cream
  6. 3 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Black pepper to taste


  1. MELT butter in a heavy sauce pan. Add red onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add white wine and reduce by 3/4. Add tomatoes and heavy cream, bring to a simmer and reduce by 1/2.
  2. PUREE soup in a food processor. Stir in 2 Tbsp chopped basil, salt and pepper.
  3. GARNISH with remaining fresh basil and tomatoes and serve.

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