E-Z TOMATO PICK-ME-UP WITH FRESH BASIL

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

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