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What To Do With All My Tomato And Basil Soup

  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • One-fourth teaspoon cayenne
  • One-fourth teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 8 cups chopped, peeled, and seeded fresh tomatoes (about 5 and one-half cups) or 8 cups chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1 quarts chicken broth
  • One-fourth cup chopped fresh basil leaves


  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Season with the salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove half of the mixture and puree it in a blender or food processor. Return it to the pot. Add the basil and serve. Or refrigerate and serve chilled.