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Fresh Herb Tomato Soup

2 T Olive Oil
2 Med. Onion- thinly sliced
2 Lbs. fresh tomatoes-peeled and chopped, (use whole canned tomatoes if fresh is not available).
1-  6 oz. can of tomato paste
2 T snipped fresh basil or 1t dried
4 t fresh snipped thyme or 1 t dried
1 small bay leaf
3 C homemade chicken broth or 3 C low fat low sodium canned chicken broth
1 t salt  (if you use canned broth  1/2 t may be enough. Depending on personal taste.
1/2 t pepper
1/2 large clove of garlic-(optional)  

In large pot heat oil add  onion and garlic cooking until tender but not brown.
Stir in remaining ingredients  mashing tomatoes slightly.
Bring to a boil , reduce heat, cover and simmer about 40 minutes.  If you want a creamy texture, press soup through a food mill or use a food processor blending well.  Reheat and serve.

Note:  Soup can be preserved using the hot water bath method following instructions for canning whole tomatoes.  


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