Tomato Soup

 Recipe
To ramp up heartiness but not fat or calories, purée half the batch in a blender, then stir it back into the pot.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

Recipe Time

Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 129
Fat 7.3 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 16 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 174 mg
Calcium 42 mg

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 carrot, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 sprig fresh thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried
2 pounds tomatoes, cored and chopped, or 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, including the juice
2-3 cups water or tomato juice
1 teaspoon sugar, optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

Preparation

1. Put the oil in a large pot over medium heat. When it's hot, add the onion and carrot, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften (3-5 minutes). Add the tomato paste, lower the heat a bit, and continue to cook, stirring to coat the vegetables with the paste, until the paste begins to darken--don't let it burn (1-2 minutes).

2. Strip the thyme leaves from the stem and add them to the pot along with the tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down (10-15 minutes). Add 2 cups of the water or juice and bring to a boil, then adjust the heat so that the mixture bubbles gently. Let cook until the flavors meld (5 more minutes).

3. Taste and adjust the seasoning; if the soup tastes flat (but salty enough), stir in the sugar. If it's too thick, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time. If it's too thin, cook until it thickens and reduces slightly (this will also intensify the flavors). Garnish with basil, if using, and serve.

Change It Up!

Hearty Tomato Soup: Add 1/2 cup white rice, bulgur, or couscous with the water in Step 2, along with 1 more cup liquid. Cook until the grain is tender (5-15 minutes) and be prepared to add a little more water if the soup gets too thick.

Spiced Tomato Soup: Instead of the fresh thyme and basil, add 1 TBSP curry or chili powder or 1 tsp smoked paprika (pimentón) along with the tomato paste in Step 1.

Note:

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Mark Bittman,

October 2012
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