E-Z TOMATO PICK-ME-UP WITH FRESH BASIL
4 to 6 servings
2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans tomato or reduced-fat tomato soup, undiluted
About 10 to 12 grape (very very small) tomatoes, each quartered
1¼ cups water)
2 to 3 tablespoons finely snipped fresh basil leaves (no stems)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Sprigs of basil
and/or sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream for garnish (optional)
In a medium heavy saucepan, combine soup, tomatoes, water, and orange juice; add salt and pepper to taste, blending well. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat; continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until soup is heated through. May also chill soup after simmering and serve cold, if desired. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish each with a sprig of basil and a dollop of sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream, if desired.
Variations: Add one chopped peeled medium carrot to soup.
Add ¼ cup chopped celery and ¼ cup chopped peeled onion to soup.
Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of shredded Cheddar or smoked Gouda chees or freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese