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Fast & Easy Dinner: Bread and Tomato Soup

Fast & Easy Dinner: Bread and Tomato Soup

As much as I love complex cooking techniques and innovative recipes, sometimes I crave a pure, simple, delicious meal. A dish with no frills or exotic ingredients. A dish like this comforting bread and tomato soup.

Garlic and fresh basil act as awarding-winning supporters to the lush, sweet tomatoes. For a real treat, serve with a grilled cheese sandwich. To learn how to make this uncomplicated soup,

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Bread and Tomato Soup

Bread and Tomato Soup

Bread and Tomato Soup

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup olive oil
  2. 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  3. 6 cups day-old white bread, without crusts, torn into small pieces
  4. 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, pureed with their juice
  5. 4 cups vegetable stock (or water)
  6. 3 to 4 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  7. Kosher salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan over low heat.
  2. Sauté the garlic until just fragrant, then add the bread, stirring until all the oil is absorbed and the bread is toasted.
  3. Add the tomatoes, stock, basil, and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer until the bread breaks down, about 20 minutes. Remove the garlic and serve.

Serves 6.

Join The Conversation
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Okay, I made this and it was great. I didn't understand why (or how) I needed to remove the garlic so I didn't. I actually took the minced stuff out of the jar and smushed it instead of using whole cloves. I also used chicken broth (it was what I had). It was yummy and super hearty.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 9 years
It's Friday night, so I treated myself to soup and a toasted cheese sandwich tonight (two pieces of wholemeal bread and 30g Edam cheese, no butter, grilled in a toasted sandwich maker), but I made a really yummy soup from diced onion, carrot, courgette and celery, with a tin of tomato puree, a tin of Morrocan spiced tomatoes, 7 cups water, 3 tsp vege stock, 1 cup red lentils, 1/2 cup yellow split peas and 1/2 cup pearl barley, simmered together for an hour and a half. So good. :) Most tomato-based soups are good with me and this one does look delicious, but I have to admit that if I'm going to have soup and bread, I'd like my bread on the side not inside.
sharshar sharshar 9 years
Mmm, comfort food :)
lylpookie lylpookie 9 years
I heart you Party...I've been looking for a good tomato soup recipe this week!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That sounds so lovely and comforting!
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
a whole cup of oil?! that doesn't sound healthy...
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i never used to like tomato soup but one day i dd try it and i added a few ingredients to make it more than just out of a can and i've learned to enjoy it a lot more. i like that you're bringing this to our attention - sometimes you don't need to spend a lot of time making something for it to be fulfilling and hearty.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
That looks amazing. I'm definitely going to make it!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Party, You read my mind. I have been craving tomato soup, but tomato bisque has toooooo much cream in it for me. I am going to try this recipe this weekend. The dry farm tomatoes at my local market are so tasty and will be great in this soup.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
hmm...easy. sounds good. but i gotta have a jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich with my tomato soup!! oh yumm
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