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Warm Winter Soup*

Cooked tomatoes contain a powerful anticancer agent called lycopene. Here's a wintry version of tomato soup that will help you stay warm and healthy (South Beach Phase 2 and 3 only).

8-10 ripe tomatoes (3 lbs.), cored, halved, and seeded
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 red onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups defatted, reduced-sodium chicken stock
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat broiler. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place tomatoes on the baking sheet, cut-side down. Broil until skins are blistered, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Slip off skins and chop coarsely.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until the onions are very soft, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and process until smooth; return to the saucepan. Stir in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. (The soup can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.)

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