Low Fat (no cream) Tomato Basil Soup

20151105_180208I love, love, love tomato basil soup, but it is soooo unhealthy with lots of cream and sometimes added sugars and thickeners, so running across this recipe was awesome. I made it tonight, and it’s yummy! No cream needed, though because I followed the recipe exactly, I wound up adding just 4 drops of liquid Sucralose to the whole pot to give it a little sweeter edge. The original recipe I found called for 2 tblsp of balsamic vinegar. It was great until that step and to me it just didn’t work, and I personally like a sweeter tomato soup. I will post the recipe as I will make it next time.

I thought, what the original author of the recipe calls the secret ingredient, would be difficult to find, but I located a small jar of Basil Pesto in a farm market that has a gourmet food section. I really like the stuff! 20151105_180633

  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 2 lbs. Roma tomatoes cut in half (or quarters if they are big)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 bulb of garlic, cloves separated and skin removed
  • 1 bunch fresh carrots, cut into 2″ pieces
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups vegetables broth (or chicken broth)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil pesto (3 is VERY strong, but I love it!)
  1. Lay out a baking sheet with 2 layers or parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On baking sheet, toss all veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. 20151105_170757Bake 30 minutes, then stir veggies, and bake another 30 min. This really brings out the full flavors. If you like a little toasted flavor, bump it up to 375.
  4. Take all veggies and any juice that came out of them into a blender. Blend until very smooth. Add a little of the chicken broth if it’s too thick to blend well.
  5. In a 6 quart heavy pot, add veggie puree, chicken broth, pepper flakes and pesto, and heat through until very lightly bubbly. Add any extra salt and pepper you like.
  6. Serve immediately with some basil or parsley garnish and some shredded cheese. Or a grilled cheese sandwich!

 

 

 

Original recipe as found at: Little Spice Jar

 

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