This Autumn in New England, we experienced warmer-than-normal temperatures, and the cooler weather now feels much colder to me. With the change in weather, I love to make soup for chilly days. And I cook and freeze for easy meals during the upcoming holiday season.
My daughter and her family spend Christmas with us; they are vegetarians. The freezer filled with meals allows me to relax and enjoy their visit. And I can focus all my cooking attention on Christmas Day when my entire family celebrates at my home. We are twenty-five and growing. This year we welcome a new member, great-grandniece Elaine, nicknamed Lanie.
Tomato Bisque is a favorite with our family. I use no-salt vegetable stock instead of chicken. And I used no-fat greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. Those tweaks didn’t alter the taste, yet they cut calories and fat.
2 pounds Roma tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1/2 chopped shallot
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (32-ounce) container of vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup fat-free greek yogurt, I used Fage Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Spread tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with half oil and salt. Bake until golden brown, 35 to minutes. Let rest. Remove skins from tomatoes.
- In a medium pot, heat reaming 1 tablespoon oil over medium, add shallots and garlic, and lightly brown for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste: cook deepened in color, 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, pepper, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for thirty minutes. Stir in yogurt.
- Working in batches, transfer the soup to the container of a blender. Starting at low speed and gradually increasing, carefully process until the soup is completely smooth. Garnish with basil, if desired.
The soup sounds warming and delicious!
The weather has been crazy. I was wearing sandals outside two days ago, and now I’m digging out my boots because it is going to snow!
Congratulations on the new great-granddaughter!
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