Tomato Basil Bisqué

Tomato Basil Bisqué

To save time, you can buy pre-chopped celery and onions in the produce department. You can also buy jarred minced garlic.

Makes: 6 cups or 3 servings

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 28-ounce can crushed or petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 cup fat free half and half

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in basil. If desired, puree in a food processor, blender, or hand-held mixer in batches until smooth. Add half and half and heat until warmed through.

Calories- 240
Sodium- 660 mg
Total Fat- 6 g
Calcium- 250 mg
Sat Fat- 1 g
Cholesterol- 0 mg
Fiber- 8 g
Protein- 9 g
Carbohydrates- 42 g