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November 26, 2013

Mike's Spicy Tomato Soup

Honorable mention in the All Animals Meatless Monday Recipe Contest, 2013

Mike Olds of Kingston, Wash.

  • This do-it-yourself tomato soup will make you forget about the stuff in cans. Meredith Lee/For The HSUS

Serves 4

3 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
Two 28-ounce cans (1600g) diced tomatoes
Ample handful fresh basil, chopped into medium-sized pieces
1 cup 9225ml) homemade, low-salt vegetable broth

Add the oil to a pan over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onion, and celery until the garlic is golden and the vegetables are translucent. Add the red pepper, thyme, marjoram, and wine and cook until the mixture is reduced by half.

Add the tomatoes with their juice and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, add most of the basil, and let it simmer for about half an hour, stirring occasionally.

For a less chunky soup, carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender, leaving space at the top, and puree it while holding down the lid. Return the mixture to the pan, add the vegetable broth, and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the remaining basil, and serve with crusty artisan bread or rolls.

This recipe by Mike Olds got an honorable mention in the All Animals Meatless Monday Recipe Contest, 2013.


All figures are per serving (assumes 4 servings).

Calories: 200
Fat: 14 g 
Carbs: 20 g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 553 mg