Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

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about 4 to 5 pounds tomatoes, cut into chunks (no need to take off skins or remove seeds)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 sticks celery, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 large onion, diced

2 t. salt

1/2 t. black pepper

3 cups chicken broth

one bunch basil (about 40 leaves)

half and half, or heavy cream - to taste (optional)

decoration: yogurt thinned out with milk (optional)

In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic, carrots and celery in the olive oil until softened. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, pepper and basil. Cook for about 1/2 hour. Puree everything in a blender, then pour back into the pot. Add as much half and half or heavy cream as you like, but leave it out if you're counting calories. Freezes well too, but add the cream just before serving.

Decorate with a bit of plain yogurt thinned out with a little milk until it's the pourable. Make concentric circles with the mixture, then take a toothpick and move it back and forth to create the web design. Sprinkle a little minced basil on top.