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Creamy Tomato Soup

  • Creamy Tomato Soup


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
    • 1 to 2 cloves garlic chopped (optional)
    • 2 14-oz cans/boxes whole peeled tomatoes
    • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, or water
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream or plain Greek yogurt (optional)


    1. Melt butter in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic (if using), stirring constantly, until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.
    2. Add tomatoes, their juices, and stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
    3. Working in batches, transfer tomato mixture to a blender, food processor, or food mill. Purée tomato mixture (if using a blender, cover the lid with a kitchen towel while machine is running).
    4. Return soup to a clean pot and set over low heat. Whisk in cream, if desired; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


    6 servings


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    The tomato is one of our most versatile fruits. Tomatoes get their rich, red color — and the adoration of nutrition scientists — from their lycopene content. Lycopene, which is one of the many health-promoting carotenoids that are abundant in fruits and vegetables, is an antioxidant that is associated with a decreased risk for heart disease, macular degeneration, and various types of cancer including prostate, lung, stomach, and bladder cancers.

    Combining lycopene-rich vegetables and fruits, like tomatoes, with a small amount of healthy fat, like olive oil, increases the amount of this fat-soluble antioxidant phytonutrient that your body can absorb. The absorptive effect of lycopene is even greater when tomatoes are cooked.

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