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Friday, January 27, 2012

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

This picture doesn't do this soup justice. You can't see all the chunks of tomato, carrots, onion, and celery that made it so yummy. It also has fresh grated Parmesan melted in it. The only thing that I think would have made it better would been a little bit of tomato paste. I think it needed a stronger tomato flavor. Other than that Will and I both enjoyed it.

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

10 (1 cup) servings, 5 WW points per serving

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2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 reduced sodium chicken bouillon cubes

4 cups of water
½ bay leaf
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup light butter
2 cups fat free half and half, warmed
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

1. Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken cubes, water, onions, oregano, basil, and bay leaf to a large slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
3. About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half, salt and pepper. Add additional basil and oregano if needed (the slow cooker does a number on spices and they get bland over time, so don't be afraid to always season to taste at the end).
4. Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.

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