Easy Tomato Soup

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
40 min

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, chopped, about 2 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 2 cups homemade vegetable broth or low-sodium canned
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 6 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel, onion, garlic, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, fennel seed, and crushed pepper, if using, and cook until vegetables soften and brown slightly, about 5 minutes. Drain and reserve juice from tomatoes, and gently crush tomatoes with your hands. Add tomatoes, increase heat to high, and cook until slightly brown, about 5 minutes.

2. Add reserved juices from tomatoes, vegetable broth, tomato juice, and basil leaves. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook until vegetables are cooked through and soup reduces and thickens, about 30 minutes.

3. Remove pot from stove and puree soup in batches, with an immersion, regular blender, or food processor. Stir in lemon juice and season with pepper, to taste. Serve.

Calories: 90

Total Fat: 5 grams

Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams

Total Carbohydrate: 10 grams

Protein: 2 grams

Sodium: 550 milligrams

Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Fiber: 2 grams

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