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Tomato Leek Soup – Recipe!

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Tomato soup was not something I was raised on, but I know many friends who were avid lovers of tomato soup.  I have heard many conversations about how good a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup tasted with a warm grilled cheese for dinner, and I agree, it does sound very appealing – I just prefer to prepare my own with fresher ingredients.

Tomato Soup is divine when using  fresh tomato puree, however I know many of you don’t have the time or interest to grow and process your own tomatoes. So, I made this recipe easy using good quality tomato puree – it tastes just as good as fresh, and makes a heart-warming bowl of spring splendor.

This recipe is super simple because it has just a few ingredients, most likely in your pantry.  The leeks add an extra creamy texture and the fresh dates, a natural sweetness. The flavors are delicate – truly comforting, especially nice while anticipating a pleasantly warm summer.

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Ingredients

28 ounces tomato puree, good quality

1 large leek

2 dates, seeded and diced finely

1/3 cup light coconut or whole milk

olive oil

salt

pepper

1/4 cup store-bought pesto sauce, optional

To Prepare:

1.  Slice leeks in half and rinse well under water.  Slice halves into 1/4 inch half-moon pieces, 2/3 up stalks only.

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2.  In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Add leeks and saute for 7 minutes until softened.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper to leeks, and stir to combine. Add tomato puree and a 1/2 cup water, stir to combine.  Cook soup for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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3.  Add dates to soup and stir, cook for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk and stir until combined.  Cook soup for 2 minutes and turn off heat. Puree soup with immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender.  If soup is too thick, add water as needed.  I like mine slightly thick and chunky, so I can taste the texture of the leeks.

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4.  Ladle soup into bowls and dollop with pesto for added flavor and a touch of color.  Tomato Leek Soup is nice with my Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe.  Enjoy!

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