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Recipe: Fresh tomato soup with crispy herb toasts

Recipe: Fresh tomato soup with crispy herb toasts

Fresh tomato soup with crispy herb toasts — one of many healthy recipes from Mayo Clinic.

When fresh tomatoes are at their peak, their intense flavor makes this soup a treat. Serve it with grilled vegetables for a light summer lunch or supper. In winter, substitute vine-ripened hothouse tomatoes.


Directions

Preheat the broiler (grill). Arrange the baguette slices on a broiler pan and top each slice with a sprinkling of basil, oregano and cheese. Place about 4 inches from the heat source and broil (grill) until the cheese is melted, 45 to 60 seconds. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Set aside.

Peel, seed and dice the tomatoes. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the soup thickens, 20 to 25 minutes.

In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to the pan. Stir in the milk, salt and pepper and reheat gently. Ladle into individual bowls, garnish each with 2 herb toasts and serve.


Ingredients
  • 8 slices whole-grain baguette, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Dairy1/2 
Fats 
Fruits 
Grains
Meat 
Nuts_Seeds_Drybeans 
Sweets 
Vegetables
Diabetes
Fats 
Freefoods 
Fruits 
Meat 
Milk1/2 
NonStarchyVegetables
Starches 
Sweets 
HWP
Carbs
Fats 
Protein Dairy
Sweets 
Vegetables 
NutrientAnalysis
Calcium 
Calories188 
Carbohydrate28 g 
Cholesterol5 mg 
Fiber4 g 
Monounsaturatedfat3 g 
Potassium 
Protein8 g 
Saturatedfat2 g 
ServingsizeAbout 1 cup 
Sodium487 mg 
TotalFat6 g 

2011-04-15

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