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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tomato, Onion and Basil Soup

On our first trip to The Loving Hut vegan restaurant, both Tiffany and I were impressed by the simple Tomato & Onion Soup that was included on the buffet.  If my recollection serves me correctly, it appeared to be nothing more than tomatoes, water, and onion.  It was a delectable and light taste that impressed us both.

Tomato, Onion and Basil Soup

Because Eat More Produce still had Campari tomatoes at $0.99 for 2-pounds, I still have many in the fridge begging for a home.  What better than to make a soup?  So, my experiment used the simplicity of The Loving Hut soup as a basis.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that... Voilà!


Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • Vegetable soup base or bouillon
  • 1 pound tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced into strips
  • 6 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 inch ginger, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Tofu, cubed (optional)

Simmering soup

  1. Add water and soup base to pot and cook to dissolve.
  2. Reduce to simmer.  Add tomato, onion, basil, ginger, and rice vinegar.  
  3. Continue to simmer until onion slivers are cooked (translucent).
  4. Salt to taste.  Serve.

Nutrition per serving

Nutritional Note:  The numbers above reflect 1/2 package (269 g) cubed tofu per recipe batch and assumed 4 servings per recipe batch.

I just had a bowl for lunch except I used no salt.  Delicious!  Primarily a stewed tomato flavor with compliments of sweet onion, basil and ginger.   A truly healthy soup.  A bowl full of low sodium, low fat and low calorie delight.  Packed full of elements screaming health.  Lycopene and vitamins A and C from the tomatoes.  Flavonoids and vitamin K from basil.  Flavonoids and quercetin from onion.  Gingerols from ginger.  A potpourri of belly-warming healthy substances!  Trust me... There is a smile on Chucky's little plastic face right now.

Hi-dee hi-dee enjoy-and-replicate-ho my friends!

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