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Tomato Anise Soup    Veg  HT  SP  70mins

Serves 4-6    Hot Vegetable  Vegetables Vegetarian Vegan Soup Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless

2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1large Onion, chopped
2 Sticks of Celery (including leaves), chopped
1 large Carrot, chopped
900g/ 2lb Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
960ml/32fl.oz. Fresh Vegetable Stock
6 whole Star Anise
1 level tbsp freshly chopped Parsley


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and sauté over a medium heat, stirring from time to time, for 6-8 minutes until soft and transparent.

2. Add the celery and carrot and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the vegetables begin to brown.

3. Add the tomatoes together with their juice, stock, whole star anises and parsley, mix well and bring to almost boiling point. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

4. Remove the star anise, allow to cool a little then transfer to a liquidizer and process until smooth.

5. Return to the rinsed out saucepan and re-heat. Serve hot.


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Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate


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