• Olive oil; as needed
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes; cored, peeled and diced*
  • 1 Quart chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper; to taste


In sautépan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil until almost smoking. Add onions and cook until caramelized, stirring constantly. Stir in garlic and tomatoes, stirring all the while; cook about 5 minutes. Then add broth; bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Golden Raisin Pesto

In blender or food processor, combine cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil as needed, pine nuts and raisins. Pulse until well blended and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, adjust seasonings in soup; divide and ladle into bowls. Garnish with dollop of pesto, fresh cilantro leaves and whole raisins.

Notes: One can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes may be substituted. If cream soup is preferred, purée soup in blender and add 1 cup of heavy cream.

Golden Raisin Pesto

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Olive oil; as needed
  • 1/4 Cup pine nuts
  • 1 Cup California golden raisins
  • Salt and pepper; to taste
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Whole California golden raisins; for garnish

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 160 (Calories from Fat 36%); Total Fat 7 ( Saturated Fat 1; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 510; Potassium 442; Total Carbohydrate 24; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 17; Protein 4; Calcium 25; Iron 1;

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