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Testa's Italian Gazpacho soup

Testa's Italian Gazpacho soup

You may wish to substantially reduce the amount of salt. In fact, given the amount of sodium in the broth and tomato juice, you may not want to add any at all.

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 (10-ounce) can beef broth

1 (46-ounce) can tomato juice

3/4 of a medium onion, finely chopped

6 ripe medium tomatoes, finely diced

3 celery ribs, finely diced

1 (14-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed

4 ounces (raw weight) orzo pasta,

cooked and drained

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano

1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Garlic to taste

Makes 12 servings.

Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Per serving: 193 calories (27 percent from fat), 6 g fat, 0.5 mg cholesterol, 7 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 5.7 g fiber, 1,339 mg sodium.

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