Fresh Tomato Soup

  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 ribs chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 5 pounds plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • Add Tabasco to taste

1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
3. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender blend to a smooth consistency.

Use to garnish if desired:

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Teaspoon sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Croutons

I don’t eat gluten or dairy so I would use alternate items to garnish.

Tomato Tips
If you don’t have time to use your fresh tomatoes, freeze them. They are like pool table balls when you use them. Get a pot of water to a rolling boil. Put a frozen tomato in. When you see the skin split pull the tomato out with a slotted spoon. The skin will peel right off.