Tomato Basil Soup

Roast the following in the oven - adds richness, but not necessary:
They are ready when the onion is caramelized (i.e. tastes sweet).
4 medium tomatoes
1/3 onion
1 clove garlic
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1 bay leaf
Add to Vitamix, mix on high 6-7 minutes:
1 1/2 cup chicken broth (I have to make my own)
1 slice "diet approved" cheese (Like: Harvarti, Hard Cheddar)
1 TBS tomato paste
1 TBS sweetener (preferably something natural like honey or dates)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp pepper
Note: This soup was so creamy out of the Vitamix. But, if you do not have a Vitamix, just add to stove and simmer 15 – 30 minutes without the cheese and then add cheese and blend in blender or use an immersion blender.
Oh, and add a salad while you are at it.  Next time I will definitely double up on this recipe because everyone wanted more.
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