Hearty and Spicy Fresh Tomato Soup

I love, love, love fresh tomatoes.  There is nothing like the taste of a tomato freshly picked out of the garden.  Yum!  We did not plant any in our garden this year, but we have great neighbors who shared some with us.  Of course we ate most just raw, but there were still quite a few left that needed to be used as soon as possible.  I immediately though of making a soup because it’s quick, easy and delicious.  So here it is.  Enjoy!

-2 lbs fresh tomatoes
-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 large carrot, peeled and largely grated
-1 small onion, finely diced
-1 clove garlic, minced
-4 cups chicken broth
-1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/2 cup elbow macaroni
-salt and pepper, to taste
Place washed fresh tomatoes in your blender (skin on).  Blend until nice and smooth (you should get 3 /1/2 to 4 cups pureed tomatoes out of them).  Set aside.
Heat oil in large pot.  Add the carrots, onion and garlic.  Saute until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour into bowls and enjoy!

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