1 can peeled tomatoes, ready cut and undrained, 28 oz. or 3 cups diced, peeled and seeded fresh tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. italian seasoning
sour cream, optional
sage croutons, recipe follows
How To Make italian tomato soup
In large 2 to 3 quart microwave safe bowl, mix oil, carrot, and onion. Cover and microwave on full power 6 to 8 minutes, stirring once til vegetables are just tender. Microwaves vary. Cooking times may need to be adjusted. Add enough water to tomatoes and reserved liquid to make 3 1/2 cups. Stir tomato mixture, tomato paste and Italian seasoning into bowl. Cover; microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes or til hot. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and sage croutons
Trim crusts from 4 thin slices of sandwich bread. Mix 2 Tbsp. olive oil with 2 cloves garlic, minced. Brush on bread slices. Cut each slice into 4 triangles. Sprinkle wit 1/2 tsp. ground sage (rubbed). arrange 4 croutons in circle on microwave safe pie plate. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minutes. Repeat with remaining croutons. Makes 16
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