Basil Tomato Juice
Put some zing in your next brunch buffet with this homemade tomato juice. Fresh basil and hot pepper sauce accent the garden-fresh tomato flavor. You can put it in containers and freeze it, if you wish. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min. + chilling
Makesabout 2-1/2 quarts
- 8 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- In a stock pot, combine the tomatoes, celery and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Cool slightly; put tomato mixture through a sieve or food mill. Return to the pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool. Transfer to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 66 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable.
Originally published as Tomato Juice Cocktail in Taste of Home April/May 2008