1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering, about 1-2 minutes.
2. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook until onion is translucent and vegetables have softened, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add vegetable juice, tomato products, stock or water, bay leaves, pepper and salt. Simmer until vegetables are soft and flavors intensify, about 20 minutes.
4. Serve as is — or puree in an immersion or regular blender for a smoother consistency.
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
Measuring spoons, measuring cups, blender (optional)
Sprinkle with nutritional yeast to add more flavor.