Recently I opted to I dust off one of my favorite recipe books, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, to recreate my favorite tomato soup in a slightly healthier, vegan form. I utilized 2 lbs of tomatoes from our personal garden and 2 lbs from our farmshare. Soup is the perfect option if you're a klutz like me, as I managed to drop my bag of tomatoes 3 times within 5 minutes of picking up from our farm vendor! Womp. They were no longer pretty salad or sandwich type tomatoes, but nonetheless, still delicious and perfect for this recipe! Make it a meal by pairing with grilled cheese or a healthy salad.
1 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
2 carrots, peeled & roughly chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
4 lbs ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 pkg silken tofu, pureed
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over med-high heat. Add your carrots and onions and sauté about 10 minutes until tender. Add the garlic and cook another 1 minute. Next, add your tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, vegetable both and pepper. Still well and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 30-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, puree your tofu and nutritional yeast in a blender or food processor. Stir into your soup when it's near completion. This can be enjoyed as is (chunky version) or transferred to a blender and pureed (smooth version). Garnish with fresh basil leaves as desired.
What will you do with the last of your tomatoes?
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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