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Imus Ranch Kids’ Favorite Tomato Soup

 Imus Ranch Kids’ Favorite Tomato Soup

december-2009-healthy-recipePreparation Time: 15 Minutes           
Cooking Time: Approximately 15 Minutes   
Don’t let the recipe title fool you – this soup definitely isn’t only for kids. Grown-ups will love its fresh herb and tomato flavors just as much.  The soup will keep in the refrigerator in a tightly covered glass container for two or three days. Reheat it over a very low flame to avoid scorching; if necessary, add a small amount of water to thin it.   
¼ cup olive oil 
½ medium red onion, diced 
2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced 
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried 
3 sprigs fresh sage leaves, minced, or 1 teaspoon rubbed sage 
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried 
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried 
8 cups vegetable broth 
4 cups vegetable cocktail or tomato juice 
1 cup soy milk or organic milk 
3 sprigs fresh basil leaves, julienned 
Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion, garlic, and all the herbs (except the fresh basil), and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to the container of a food processor and process until smooth.  Return the pureed vegetables to the pot, add the broth and vegetable cocktail, and bring to a boil. Stir in the soy milk, reduce the heat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Remove it from the heat, add the basil, and serve. 
Makes 10 servings
Printed with permission from The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys by Deirdre Imus / Published by Rodale, 2004. 
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