4 large red sweet peppers
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cups finely chopped onion
4 roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
6 bias cut slices (1/4 inch each) French baguette loaf
1 Tbsp. roasted garlic paste
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. lime juice
To roast the peppers: Preheat oven to 425*F. Remove stems, seeds, and membranes from peppers. Place peppers, cut side down, on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or till skins char and blister. Remove from heat. Wrap peppers in foil and let stand 15 minutes or until cool. Peel off skin. Use immediately or refrigerate up to several days.
Heat the one teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in oil for 2 minutes, or till soft. Add peppers, tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Bring just to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
Transfer half of mixture to a blender container or food processor bowl. Process until smooth. Return mixture to saucepan and stir well. Heat thoroughly.
To make Avocado Toast: Preheat broiler. Toast bread slices under broiler until lightly browned, turning once. Remove from oven. Spread each piece of toast with about 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic paste; set aside. Toss avocado slices with lime juice and salt. Arrange several slices of avocado on each piece of toast and garnish with a fresh basil leaf, if desired.
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