Fresh Tomato Soup (makes 4 cups)

3 Med.     Tomato, peeled, seeded & quartered (or 14.5 oz canned tomato)
1.5 Cup   Water
1/2 Cup   Onion (1 Med)
1/2 Cup   Celery (1 Stalk)
1/3 Cup   Tomato Paste (3 oz)
2 Tbs       Snipped fresh Cilantro or Parsley
2 Tsp       Instant chicken bouillon granules
2 Tsp       Lime or lemon Juice
1 Tsp       Sugar
Dash       Hot Sauce

  1. Combine tomatoes + water + onion + celery + paste + herbs + bouillon + juice + sugar + hot pepper sauce
  2. Boil then reduce heat.
  3. Simmer 20 min. or until celery + onion are tender
  4. Cool slightly
  5. OPTIONAL: Puree, then return to stove + heat through
  6. Garnish with parsley or cilantro

When I moved to Massachusetts after graduating from college to join Americorps, my older sister made for me a small cookbook of recipes that she had accumulated over the years. This is one of those recipes, which taught me how to feed myself with good, healthy and delicious food.