Fresh Tomato Soup

Yield: 6 servings (1 cup each)
Source: Cooking Light September 2002
CL Comments: Homemade tomato stock provides the base for this fresh soup. Prepare the soup through step 2 up to a day ahead. Reheat over medium-low heat, and stir in the basil, lemon rind, and butter just before serving.
Comments from a CA Kitchen: This is unbelievably good and will become one of my favorites. I don't know how much I multiplied the basil quantity, but I put in a whole bunch and pureed the soup, as I don;t like chunky soups. The taste is incredible, and can only be intensified by the quality of the tomatoes you use (mine were just plain). I think I would add 1 potato to the whole batch for an additional 0.5 point per serving, but it would add some smoothness when the soup is pureed. Still, the lemon is barely discernible but you know it's there and it enhances the taste of the basil. Highly recommended. Can profit from a goat cheese crouton and a little crumbled cheese if you want to make it a party pleaser. Oh, and I forgot the butter at the end and it definitely does not need it! so, the points might even be lower than I thought!

INGREDIENTS:

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
6 cups chopped plum tomato (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, crushed
7 cups chopped seeded peeled plum tomato (about 1 3/4 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add 6 cups tomato; cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in broth and garlic. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover; simmer 45 minutes or until reduced to about 6 cups. Drain broth mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Return broth to pan. Stir in 7 cups tomatoes, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  2. Remove soup from heat. Stir in basil, rind, and butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 1 per serving
CALORIES 64 (27% from fat); FAT 1.9g (satfat 0.6g, monofat 0.8g, polyfat 0.3g); PROTEIN 3.9g; CARBOHYDRATE 8.5g; FIBER 1.9g; CHOLESTEROL 2mg; IRON 0.8mg; SODIUM 496mg; CALCIUM 12mg;

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