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Cool Tomato Soup

 Cool Tomato Soup
It's easy to crave soup-even on a hot day-when it's chilled and filled with the fresh flavors of summer. Serve a tomatoey batch as an appetizer or a side for a main dish salad. —Wendy Nickel, Kiester, Minnesota
9 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups tomato juice, divided
  • 5 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium green pepper, quartered
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups cubed bread, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fat-free sour cream, fat-free croutons and parsley, optional

Directions

  • In a blender, cover and process 1 cup tomato juice and half of the
  • tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onion, garlic and thyme until chopped.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat.
  • Place vinegar and remaining tomato juice in the blender. Add the
  • bread; cover and process until smooth. Add to vegetable mixture;
  • stir in oil and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Garnish with sour
  • cream, croutons and parsley if desired.
  • Yield: 9 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 124 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 405 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.