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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 -- carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 -- bay leaf
  • 1 -- garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 (28-ounce cans) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • -- Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, carrot and bay leaf; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and cloves. Stir until vegetables are well coated.
  2. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Remove bay leaf and discard. Purée soup in a blender (working in batches) until smooth.
  4. Add salt and pepper. Slowly pour in half-and-half, stirring constantly.  Refrigerate until serving time.
  5. When reheating soup, do not to bring to a boil, or cream will curdle. If you plan to freeze soup, do so before adding half-and-half.

Recipe by Amy Sgarro, 




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