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Tomato Basil Herb Soup

Doesn’t winter always just seem like a great time for soup?  Especially when you are stuck in the house and need something you can eat for days.  This tomato soup is also good in the summer when you can use fresh tomatoes instead of the canned.  Enjoy this lycopene (antioxidant) filled recipe!  Tomato Soup

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or Butter

4 Medium Leeks, chopped

2 Carrots, shredded

1 Medium Onion, chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Tsp. Lemon or Orange Zest

1 Tsp. Dried Tarragon

28 Oz. Canned Tomatoes

28 Oz. Canned Plum Tomatoes

1 C. Orange Juice

2 Quarts Vegetable Stock

1 C. Fresh Basil, Chopped

Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In large saucepan or stockpot, combine oil or butter with leeks, carrots, onion, garlic. Saute until soft.
  2. Add lemon zest and tarragon and cook for about 2-5 minutes.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, orange juice, and vegetable stock.  Stir well.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool.
  6. Puree (in batches) in blender or food processor for desired consistency. Either serve or return to stockpot to warm, if necessary.  Stir in basil and salt and pepper before serving.  Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

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