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Theresa's Double-Tomato Soup

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Category Finalist: Side Dishes and Side Salads. "I omitted the heavy cream that is usually found in tomato soups in order to make this recipe lighter. I don't miss it because pureeing creates a nice, creamy texture." --Theresa Larsen, Redlands, CA

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 large basil leaves, divided
  • 3 drained sun-dried tomato halves, packed in oil with herbs (such as California Sun Dry brand)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans organic diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

Nutrition Information

  • calories 76
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2.2 g
  • carbohydrate 9.4 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 229 mg
  • calcium 14 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion, shredded carrot, garlic, and shallots to pan, and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add sugar, pepper, salt, and 4 basil leaves, and cook 5 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat. Place half of soup in blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup. Divide soup evenly among 6 bowls. Garnish each serving with 1 basil leaf.

Cook's Notes

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