Feature Recipe from Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's Fresh Market


Published September 29, 2018

Healthy, seasonal recipes are available for staff, patients, families and community members at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's Fresh Market, a farmer's market which runs every Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, June through October, in the Cafeteria Courtyard at our Hospital.

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Makes 6-8 Servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

3 cups broth of choice (low sodium)

6-7 cups roughly chopped tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon paprika

Sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup milk or cream


  1. Heat olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 7 minutes, until softened.

  2. Add the butter. Whisk in the flour, continue to cook and whisk for one minute.

  3. Gradually whisk in the broth. Add the tomatoes, basil, vinegar, celery seed, paprika, honey, and a bit of salt and pepper.

  4. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat so the soup simmers and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the tomatoes have softened.

  5. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the milk or cream.

  6. Puree the soup with immersion blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Serve hot, garnished with additional fresh basil if desired.

  7. This soup is delicious with a variety of garnishes! Try feta cheese and chives, grated Parmesan cheese, croutons, fresh herbs, or a dollop of crème fraîche.

Recipe adapted from www.wholefully.com

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