Tomato Soup French Style

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With fresh tomatoes it looks like a cream of tomato soup, but without those pesky fat calories.

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Ingredients

  • 4 bacon sliced and diced
  • 1/2 C. chopped onion
  • 10 - 12 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2- 3 lemon rind strips
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 large cans chicken broth
  • 2 tsp white pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 4 tbsp parsley
  • chopped parsley and basil (garnish )
  • fried garlic croutons (garnish)

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Directions

Heat bacon in pan. When fat has run, add butter; melt. Add onions; cook gently 5-6 minutes, until tender and golden brown. Add tomatoes, tomato puree, lemon rind, stock, carrot, white pepper, salt, pepper, sugar and herbs; bring to a boil. Simmer 20 minutes or until tomatoes are tender. Put through a processor or blend in a blender. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot; sprinkle with parsley and basil and croutons.

Yield 8 servings

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