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"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali

Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

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Carrie Bradford


1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup fresh basil
28 oz crushed tomato, 2 cans
6 cups vegetable broth
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 sprigs fresh thyme

Combine oil, onion, celery, and garlic on medium heat in a large pot. Sauté for 3 minutes until onions are translucent.
Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, basil, crushed tomatoes, broth, water, baking soda, and thyme. Bring to a boil.
Lower heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes.
Uncover and remove thyme.
Use an immersion or countertop blender to blend the soup until smooth.
Allow to cool 2 minutes and serve topped with basil.




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