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Tomato Soup

No recipe image available.A good basic recipe for making homemade purée of tomato soup seasoned with basil. For cream of tomato soup, stir in 1/2 to 1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half (light cream).

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, shredded
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped or 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crumbled
3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the onion, celery, and carrots until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the tomatoes and basil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are softened.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and carefully blend until smooth. (Caution! Hot liquids create steam which will blow the top off the blender! Be sure to securely hold blender lid down!)
  4. Return puréed mixture to cooking pot and combine with the stock. Simmer, uncovered, until soup is reduced to the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.