I adapted this from a recipe from the Food Network, to meet my family's tastes. It's a wonderful soup that will become one of your favorites immediately It freezes beautifully, if there are any leftovers! Don't cut your spinach or basil with a knife, as it will turn the leaves black and not very appealing. Before your soup is done, taste it! This is where you make your final adjustments. Does it need more salt? Does the flavor of the basil come through? Be sure to add any extra spices at this time, not everyone likes the same amount of Italian seasoning, (for example) so season to your taste. This freezes very well. If you freeze soups, always leave at least 1 inch of head-space between your food and the top of the lid.I always buy whole tomatoes and crush them myself. Tyler Florence said that diced tomatoes were flavorless and nearly colorless, I agree! Note: in the Nutritional values, the calories, etc. are given for the WHOLE recipe, not per serving.