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Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Soup

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Makes about 5 cups, serves 6


2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded and quartered lengthwise
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and quartered lengthwise
2 small zucchini (1/2 lb. total), trimmed and quartered lengthwise
1 red onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 tsp. olive oil
3 large vine-ripened tomatoes (1 1/4 lbs.), cored and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup shredded basil leaves
1 Tbsp. red-wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information:
56 calories
1 g fat mono
0 mg cholesterol
11 g carbohydrate
2 g protein
12 mg sodium

Prepare a grill or preheat the broiler.

Grill or broil bell peppers, skin-side toward the flame, until the skin is blackened, 5 to 10 minutes.  Place in a paper bag and set aside for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, brush zucchini and onion slices with oil and grill or broil
until well browned and tender, about 5 minutes. Chop coarsely and set aside.

Peel the peppers. Coarsely chop the yellow pepper and set aside with
the reserved zucchini and onions.

Place the red peppers in a food processor or blender, along with tomatoes, garlic and oregano; puree until smooth.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1 cup water,
basil, vinegar and the reserved chopped vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

(The soup can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.)

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