Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons


So, the main objective of this soup was to recreate all the fabulous tastes of a pizza, in soup form.  The crust, the cheese, the scrumptious tomato sauce, all in good-for-you soup form.  And you know what?   While I am not going to look you straight in the eye (electronically-speaking) and say this is the same as digging into a nice hot cheesy slice of pizza, it’s actually pretty fabulous at being soup trying really hard to be pizza.

The soup base is a super-easy mixture of canned tomatoes (side note: please, please, please use the San Marzano variety if you possibly can) that you whiz up in your food processor.  You toss some red pepper flakes, some garlic and some onion into a skillet with some hot olive oil, saute for a few minutes and then add in your tomatoes and some chicken stock (side note: please, please, please use the Imagine or Pacific variety if you possibly can.  Simmer for about 30 minutes, then puree in your blender.  I love my immersion blender for this sort of thing – it’s easy and fun, so long as you turn it off before you lift it out of the soup.  Otherwise you end up flinging tomato soup the entire length and breadth of your kitchen.  I won’t tell you how I know this, but I do.

OK, on to the croutons, which are just thin slices of French bread that you have drizzled with olive oil and lightly toasted.  Top them with some slice mozzarella and stick them back into the oven until the cheese just starts to melt, about a minute or so.  Now float them on the top of your soup and sprinkle with whatever you like to sprinkle with.  Fresh ground pepper, grated parmesan, dried oregano, chopped fresh basil.  Good luck finding THAT at this time of the year unless you are one of my friends living on the other side of the equator.  I did just get an AeroGarden to grow winter herbs in, but I just got it about 2 weeks ago and the cute little baby herbs are only about an inch tall at the moment.

Anyway…pizza soup!  Yum and yum and yum again…

Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons, adapted from Whole Living 

Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons
Ingredients
  • One 28 ounce can peeled plum tomatoes, pureed with their juice in food processor
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 16 french bread slices
  • Olive oil
  • 8 ounces slices fresh mozzarella
  • Assorted toppings (oregano, parmesan, basil, etc.)
Instructions
Soup
  1. 1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add red pepper, garlic and onion and cook, stirring, about 6 minutes or until onions are tender. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Puree in blender until smooth and season with salt and pepper.
Croutons
  1. 1. Brush bread with olive oil and cook in 375 oven until golden, about 5 minutes. Top with cheese and return to oven until cheese just starts to melt, another minute or two.
  2. 3. Float croutons on soup (or serve on the side if you are very, very neat and tidy) and garnish with your choice of toppings.

Yum

Comments

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  1. I just got an Aerogarden for Christmas. I know feel cool. I can't wait for winter herbs – I so miss my garden!

  2. AH love love tomato soup. this looks DELICIOUS. xoxo jcd

  3. I am a huge fan of any soup that involves mass amounts of tomatoes. I could drink tomato sauce. That's how much of a fan I am. This looks awesome!

  4. Blog is the New Black says:

    Good call with the mozz croutons!

  5. Pizza soup sounds like an excellent creation :) I love pizza and soup, so this is perfect! Lovely presentation as well! Thanks for sharing.

  6. PoetessWug says:

    My huubby loves tomato soup…A childhood memory producer I think…But I've never actually made it at home. {I'm more of a meaty soup type a girl myself!} But maybe…just maybe…there's finally some homemade tomato soup in his future! ^_^

  7. I am making this ASAP! I love tomato soup!

  8. or even better, buy a giant box of san marzanos at your farmers market if you don't grow them yourself, and can the tomatoes yourself and avoid cans with bpa in them! also as an oregonian near the pacific foods headquarters, highly recommend them if you live in the northwest, they even invest in their own farms to grow their organic veggies. oh yes and their organic tomato & red pepper soup in tetrapak (now recyclable curbside in portland) is lovely and a great backup :)

  9. MissAlyssa says:

    ohh man i saw this recipe on whole living last night and i almost died… the photo in the magazine looks amazing!!! i cant wait to make this!!

  10. Kate @ The Gaines Gang says:

    Yummy! This sounds perfect for dinner tonight!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. smalltownoven says:

    You had me at the mozzarella croutons!

  12. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That tomato soup looks amazing!

  13. I love soup…I love pizza…so this recipe looks awesome! And probably a lot healthier than all the pizza my family eats :-)

  14. Medifast Coupon says:

    There is no preservatives here! This is the all natural way to eat soup. The extra step of mozzarella croutons just about makes it perfection. Well done.

  15. Deborah Dowd says:

    I love this! What a great idea- can't wait to try it on my family!

  16. You've definitely got me wanting an Aerogarden now! And I have this soup bookmarked to make for tomorrow's dinner! Can't wait!

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  18. singh from dominos india says:

    Goodness this sounds particularly delish. You're turning me into a major tomato soup fan as well!

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