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Fresh Tomato Soup

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Source: Create Your Plate Cookbook
Serving Size: 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large shallots — diced

6 ounces tomato paste

Pinch of crushed red pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

3 pounds tomatoes — approx. 6 large, peeled, chopped

16 ounces tomato sauce

32 ounces low sodium chicken broth

Salt

Fresh basil — chopped, for garnish

Directions

Heat butter and olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan and sauté shallots until translucent, about 2 – 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, crushed red pepper and sugar and sauté for 2 minutes more.

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Puree soup with a hand held blender or in a food processor or blender and strain thru a stainless steel strainer. Pour back into pot, bring back to a simmer and season to taste with salt and bouillon cube; let bouillon cube melt before serving.

Serve garnish with fresh basil, if desired. Great with a grilled cheese sandwich.

NOTES: Serve with parmesean crisps floated on top

To make parmesean crisps: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 1 T. scoops of parmesean 2" apart on baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 5 – 6 minutes or until cheese melts, spreads slightly and browns. Cheese will crisp when it cools. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

My husband likes when I add a beef bouillon cube to this soup but it adds about 300mg of sodium.

Nutritional information per serving:
174 Calories 5g Fat (25.5% calories from fat) 11g Protein 25g Carbohydrate 4g Dietary Fiber 0mg Cholesterol 1014mg Sodium Exchanges: 1 Lean Meat; 4 Vegetable; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
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