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Herbed Tomato Soup

Crostini accompanies this herbed tomato soup with basil.

  • Yield: Makes about 8 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2005


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 12 large garlic cloves
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh lovage, or celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 pounds tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • Crostini, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery, parsley, lovage, and salt. Cook, stirring, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tomatoes are soft and mixture is slightly reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in basil; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pass soup through the medium plate of a food mill set over a large bowl; discard solids. Reheat; serve with crostini.

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