Saturday, September 12, 2009

Herbed Tomato Soup

Oh wow! Are your tomatoes ripe? This Martha Stewart recipe given to me by Beth (who also has yummy recipes on her blog) is incredible. If it was quicker to make I would eat it for lunch every day of my life. My picture didn't turn out, so sorry to Martha for stealing her beautifully presented soup picture. We served it with homemade croutons instead of crostini. Also, rather than discard the solids we added some tomato paste and a dash of sugar and pureed it into a yummy sauce for our spaghetti squash. -Emilie

Ingredients - Makes about 8 cups
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
12 large garlic cloves
2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh lovage, or celery leaves
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt 6 pounds tomatoes, chopped
1 to 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery, parsley, lovage, and salt. Cook, stirring, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tomatoes are soft and mixture is slightly reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in basil; cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Pass soup through the medium plate of a food mill set over a large bowl; discard solids. Reheat; serve with croutons.

Homemade Croutons
Toss torn up bread with olive oil, herbs de provence, and garlic salt and bake at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes until brown.

I save all the heels of my bread and any other extra bread in a ziplock in the freezer and when the bag is full we make a delicious batch of croutons. It is a great money saver and delicious way to use up every single piece of bread!


The Green Family said...

This looks so good! I am going to try and make it tomorrow.
I love your idea about saving the heals of bread and using them to make croutons! I always sneak the heal into Tyler's sandwiches because I hate eating them:).

The Heaviland Family said...

Yum, I made this yesterday and it was SOOOOO tasty!

The Green Family said...

This was SO GOOD!!


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