Vegan Roasted Tomato-Basil Soup

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Ingredients:

2 quarts of vegetable broth*
3 lbs of fresh Roma tomatoes cut in halves
36-40 ounces of canned diced tomatoes (one 28 ounce can + one 12 ounce can or three 12 ounce cans).
1 small can of tomato sauce (or paste)
1/8 cup and 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or at least olive oil that still lives at home)
2 cups chopped fresh or 1 cup dried crushed basil or any combination of fresh and dried
Healthy sprinkling of chopped rosemary
2-3 tablespoons spoons of parsley
2 medium yellow onions chopped (I prefer Vidalia)
5-6 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of fresh or dried thyme
2 teaspoons of fresh or dried oregano

Directions:

In a plastic bag, mix the halved tomatoes with the 1/8 cup of olive oil until they are well coated with the oil. Put them on a piece of aluminum foil on a cooking sheet and roast them at 400 degrees (baking setting) in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Don't worry-- the aroma is terrific.

While the tomatoes are roasting, soften the onions and garlic in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan until they begin to brown. Next, add the cans of tomatoes, the tomato sauce or paste, the red pepper, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, and vegetable broth. Cook on the stove at low-medium heat until the Roma tomatoes are ready to come out of the oven. Slice the cooked tomatoes up, remove the skins as best you can, and add the tomatoes to the soup. Don't be concerned about the blackened parts. They taste great. If the pan has excess liquid and it does not look too oily, also add that to the soup.

Cook for another twenty to thirty minutes on medium and add salt and black or red pepper flakes to taste. I usually add a little Texas Pete's red sauce.

This is a great soup when to serve your spouse after forgetting to cut out the "Twenty Dollars Off" coupon from yesterday's paper like you said you would.

Try this with a crusty white bread and maybe a glass of Reisling.

* You can substitute chicken broth or stock.

Presented by: Knox County Health Department

Date Aired: August 15, 2012

Knox County Health Department

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