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 Winter has finally arrived in Virginia so it is perfect soup weather. First up this week is Tomato Soup - this is the easiest soup to make that you'll never open a can of tomato soup again. Tomato Soup with Croutons and Goat Cheese Saute Veggies Simmer away pre-immersion Ingredients: 1 large can whole tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 1/2 can tomato paste 3 celery stalks - chopped 3 carrots - peeled and chopped white onion - peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic - chopped and smashed with salt 4 cups chicken stock Fresh Basil or Garden Gourmet Basil Paste - to taste Salt & Pepper to taste Saute chopped celery, carrots and onion in olive oil till soft, add in garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, sauce and paste, I use kitchen shears to cut tomatoes in half while in the pot, bring mixture to boil. Heat chicken stock and add to veggie mixture. Bring pot to boil, if you are using the basil paste, add now, fresh basil needs to be added to at the last fifteen minutes of simmering. Simmer

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