Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tomato Soup with Garlic Basil Croutons

Celebrating π day with good soup. 
Maybe next year there will actually be pie. 

Ingredients:
for the soup:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped white onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons minced garlic 
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 basil leaves
3 sun dried tomatoes
28 ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes
14 ounces chicken broth

for the croutons:
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups 1/2-inch bread cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil 

Directions:
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, and shallots. Cook until tender, stirring frequently. Add the sugar, pepper, salt, and basil leaves. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the sun dried tomatoes, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the garlic basil croutons.
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a small cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
Melt the olive and butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the bread cubes and toss until coated. Sprinkle with the dried basil and place evenly on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until dry, crisp, and golden brown.
Once the soup has simmered for an hour, remove from heat, pour into a blender, and blend until smooth.
Garnish with the basil garlic croutons.
Source: Mini Baker

9 comments:

  1. looks delicious! Love that bowl and plate too!
    xo,
    mini baker

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  2. Magic recipe!!
    Un besito!
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  3. YUM! I really love tomato soup! This is so pretty!!

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  4. I'll check back next year for a pie recipe :P

    also, very cool recipe!

    amanda
    softandstiffpeaks.blogspot.com

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  5. The bowl is from West Elm and the plate is from Pier 1!

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  6. i adore tomato soup... and the weather is right in the middle of warm and cool so it's perfect to nosh on... i've never thought to use sundried tomatoes in it tho, i bet it adds quite the flavor impact.

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  7. I love tomato soup: so simple yet so good. This looks delicious!

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  8. YUM! looks delish!

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  9. the croutons are a great touch. melt a little square of cheese over them and it's like you're having an easier-to-eat grilled cheese-tomato soup meal! :)

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