Hearty Tomato Basil Soup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • • 1 diced medium sized red or yellow onion
  • • 2 diced garlic cloves (or more if you love garlic...)
  • • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • • 1/4 cup tightly packed basil
  • • 1 tsp cayenne (more or less depending on how spicy you like your soup!)
  • • 1 can diced tomatoes (about one heaping cup)
  • • 1 can tomato paste (about 4 tbsp)
  • • 1 vegetable bouillon cube (or you can just sub in water for veggie broth)
  • • 3/4 cup chopped carrots (about two big carrots)
  • • 1.5 cups pureed pumpkin or squash
  • • 5.5 cups water (*half a cup of water in step one is to sautee onions)
  • • 1 can cannellini beans (small white beans - about one heaping cup)
  • • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. In a large, deep pot sautee the garlic and onions in half cup of water, over medium-high heat, until slightly browned (about five minutes). Add water when necessary. Watch closely to make sure that a bit of water remains in the pot.
  2. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, cayenne and a dash of salt and pepper. Sautee for a couple of minutes to release the flavours of the spices.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable bouillon cube, carrots, pureed pumpkin, and water (remaining five cups) to the pot.
  4. Maintain a steady simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the carrots are soft.
  5. Add halfthe can of beans. Cook for 2 mins.
  6. Take the soup off of the heat. Using a blender, blend the soup until it is smooth and creamy. Make sure that the soup has cooled down a bit so you don't burn yourself!
  7. Add the rest of the beans and put the soup back in the pot and simmer for another couple of minutes.
  8. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper (or cayenne) to taste!
  9. Voila! Enjoy!
Notes
Nutritional Benefits: No cholesterol, high in fiber, high in iron, low in fat,very high in vitamin C, A and B6, high in manganese, magnesium and potassium
Nutrition Information
Calories: 574 Fat: 17g Saturated fat: 3g Unsaturated fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 103g Sugar: 48g Sodium: 614mg Fiber: 31g Protein: 20g
Recipe by Ceara's Kitchen at https://www.cearaskitchen.com/hearty-tomato-basil-soup/