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Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 1 cup

Roasted tomatoes have up to eight times the amount of the powerful antioxidant lycopene than uncooked tomatoes.

1 pound fresh tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium shallots, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (lemon basil is recommended)
Dash of cayenne pepper
Bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 400°.

Slice tomatoes in half; place on foil-lined cookie sheet.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over tomatoes.  Slightly fold the edges of the foil in, toward the tomatoes, to capture any juice.  In the meantime, in a small skillet on medium-low heat, sauté diced carrot and celery in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until tender, 10–15 minutes.  Add garlic and shallots; turn heat to low and continue to sauté another 5 minutes. 

Remove tomatoes from the oven, allow to cool 15 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle.  Peel the tomatoes; the peeling should easily slide off.  Discard peelings.  If desired, push tomatoes through a sieve to remove any seeds.  (It’s not necessary to remove seeds, but rather a personal preference.  I prefer to leave the seeds.)

Add all ingredients to a food processor, or use an emulsion blender to purée. 

Add tomato purée and broth to medium pot, bring to a boil; reduce heat to a low simmer and cook 15–20 minutes.  If a thicker soup is preferred, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold broth or water; add to soup, stir, and allow to simmer a few more minutes until thickened.  Remove bay leaf and serve. 

Nutritional Data
Calories: 125
Total Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 78mg
Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 2g

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