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Roasted Garlic-and-Basil Tomato Soup

Yield 2 servings
A hot grilled cheese sandwich would complement this savory soup quite well.

Ingredients

  • 3 large garlic cloves, slightly flattened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Basil Pesto Toast (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Place garlic and shallots in an 8-inch square pan lined with aluminum foil; drizzle with oil.

  2. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes, stirring twice; cool.

  3. Process garlic, shallots, tomatoes, 3/4 cup chicken broth, and next 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

  4. Cook tomato mixture and remaining 3/4 cup broth in a medium saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in basil; serve immediately with Basil Pesto Toast, if desired.

  5. Note: To serve 4, double all ingredients. Process half each of garlic, shallots, and tomatoes with 1 cup broth in blender; repeat. Heat tomato mixture and remaining 1 cup broth in a large sacucepan for 8 minutes.