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Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic and Herbs

The dawn of 2009 is upon us, and with the infant year comes millions (if not billions) of resolutions to eat healthier, get in shape, and save mad dough. For most of us (see: me), these newly acquired good habits will last until, oh, Friday. Still, a chosen few will hang on to mid-February, and for these noblest of stick-it-outers, I present an adaptation of Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic and Herbs from FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Good GOD, this soup is tasty. Hands down, it's the best tomato soup I've ever made, and possibly the greatest I've ever had the pleasure of slurping down, period. It has just the right amount of spice, plus a depth of flavor completely missing from commercial brands. Even better, without the yogurt or croutons, it clocks in around 100 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per cup. That's two points for you new or reinvigorated Weight Watchers out there, and just plain excellent for everyone else.

However, beyond the deep, hearty flavor, there are two things you should know about this soup. First, should your local supermarket lack diced or crushed Muir Glen tomatoes, you can pulse a can of whole peeled tomatoes in a blender until it reaches your desired consistency. Second, you have to be very, very careful during the puréeing process, as an overly filled blender (more than two-thirds) will cause an explosion of searing hot liquid all over your kitchen wall and favorite long-sleeved T-shirt. Don't ask me how I know this.

Whatever happens, though, be sure to try the soup. You'll have other shirts, and your New Year's resolution might even make it to next Friday.

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