My First Of The Fall Soup

This is my favorite First Of The Fall soup, brought on by the first cold snap of the season.

Take a large pot add 2 tbsp oil oil and begin to heat.
Dice and throw into the pot:
7 cloves of garlic
one large white onion
2 big carrots
3 stalks of celery
1 sweet potato

Stir this around until the vegetables all have a little bit of browning happening.

Then I add a giant can of chopped tomatoes
One can of fatfree chicken broth
One can of water

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp each:

1 bay leaf
about 30 fresh basil leaves

I let this cook at least 45 minutes, but it often ends up simmering for 2-3 hours because I like the flavor of the tomato after it hits that breakdown point.

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