46 ounce can tomato juice (not from concentrate)
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 medium carrots, scraped and diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
8 ounces silken tofu, drained and cut into cubes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
8 ounce cup water
freshly ground black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic.
Sauté vegetables until tender, approximately 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in tomato juice, tomato paste and water.
Bring to a boil and cover pot.
Simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.
Stir in silken tofu and simmer for 15 more minutes, uncovered.
Puree the soup in a blender until smooth.