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Balsamic Tomato Soffritto Soup

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  • 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.
Created Jun 1, 2018
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  • 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 (28 oz/796 mL) Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 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

  • Tip 1
    For even more fresh flavour, top the finished soup with more fresh Italian herbs – flat-leaf parsley, marjoram, oregano or thyme leaves.
  • Tip 2
    Soffritto is the foundation of many classic Italian soups and sauces. It consists of sautéed onion, celery, carrot and spices.

Nutrition Information

290 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 6g Protein, 30g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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