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Tomato Basil Soup

from the video 5 Healthy & Hearty Fall Soups ▶︎

by Merle O'Neal

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for 8 servings

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 28 oz crushed tomato, 2 cans
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Combine oil, onion, celery, and garlic on medium heat in a large pot. Sauté for 3 minutes until onions are translucent.
  2. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, basil, crushed tomatoes, broth, water, baking soda, and thyme. Bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover and remove thyme.
  5. Use an immersion or countertop blender to blend the soup until smooth.
  6. Allow to cool 2 minutes and serve topped with basil.
  7. Enjoy!
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