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Balsamic Tomato Soffritto Soup

balsamic tomato soffritto soup Side Italian
Balsamic Tomato Soffritto Soup
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
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Fill your freezer with this savoury soffritto soup base, and you can have a delicious, homemade soup in no time. Turn this veggie-based soup into a hearty meal by topping with cooked Italian sausage, shredded rotisserie chicken or even a fried egg, and serve with crusty bread for dipping. ...MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups diced onions
1 cup diced peeled carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (796 mL) crushed tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    In 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, salt and Italian seasoning. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables soften and begin to brown. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, vinegar and sugar; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until liquid evaporates.
  • 2
    In 4-quart saucepan, place broth; stir in tomato mixture. Heat to simmering over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 5 minutes to combine flavours. Top with basil and Parmesan cheese.
  • 3
    To freeze: Follow directions in Step 1. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Transfer to two 1-quart resealable freezer plastic bags; freeze up to 3 months. When ready to serve: In 4-quart saucepan, add broth and contents of both bags of frozen tomato mixture. Heat to simmering over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 8 to 12 minutes, breaking up frozen mixture with spatula, until mixture thaws and begins to simmer. Cook 5 minutes longer to combine flavours. Top with basil and Parmesan cheese.

Expert Tips

  • For even more fresh flavour, top the finished soup with more fresh Italian herbs – flat-leaf parsley, marjoram, oregano or thyme leaves.
  • Soffritto is the foundation of many classic Italian soups and sauces. It consists of sautéed onion, celery, carrot and spices.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4
Calories
290
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16
Saturated Fat
3
Trans Fat
0
Cholesterol
0
Sodium
1590
Dietary Fiber
4
Protein
6
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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