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Friday
Dec032010

Creamy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is a comfort food for many people. It is comforting as well to know how nutritious and wholesome it is, particularly when prepared with soy milk. The lycopene in tomatoes has gotten attention recently for its ability to protect against prostate cancer and other diseases. If you can't find juicy, ripe Italian or Roma tomatoes (my personal favorites are Lucini brand), use a high-quality organic tomato (in jars) instead.

Ingredients:

8 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds fresh, ripe Italian tomatoes, chopped
1 cup soy milk
Salt and black and red pepper to taste
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, basil, or dill, chopped

Instructions:

1. Cover sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water. Let soak for at least 15 minutes. 

2. In a large pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture boils. 

3. Remove the dried tomatoes from their soaking water and chop them coarsely. Add them and their soaking water to the pot and cook, stirring to prevent sticking. 

4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the soy milk and season to taste with salt and black and red pepper. 

5. Serve in bowls with the chopped green herbs as garnish.

Food as Medicine: A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition revealed that a high dietary intake of tomato products reduced total and LDL cholesterol levels.

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Reader Comments (3)

this recipe is perfect I just discovered this morning that lycopene prevents osteoporosis

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdr in the kitchen

This is the most healthiest food recipe, full of tomatoes that is rich in lycopene -- good for the heart.

December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Just watch one of your talks on Netflixs! Enjoyed it very much. I'm so going to try this soup as well. Yum!

December 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
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