October 10 (Tomato Soup with Toasted Cheese Croutons)

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    Administer salt and pepper liberally. Engage spoon!

    This soup is the closest thing I have to a yearly ritual. It has become a spiritual practice to make it at least once each fall.

    Tomato Soup with Toasted Cheese Croutons

    3 Tbsp. butter, divided
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 medium carrot, diced
    1 stalk celery, diced
    2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
    6 sprigs parsley
    4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    Salt
    Freshly-ground pepper
    1/2 sourdough baguette, sliced into 1/2" rounds
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

    1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Sauté until tender but not browned, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    2. Add tomatoes, parsley and stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cover. Skim foam and fat from top of soup and cover. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. Remove parsley sprigs from soup and discard. Puree soup in batches in a food processor or blender. Return to pot and stir in cream and remaining Tbsp. of butter. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    3. Meanwhile, toss cubes of bread with olive oil and Parmesan. Place on a sheet pan and bake at 400º for about 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Pour soup into mugs and place a few croutons on top. Makes 8 servings.

    Fiori, Kymberlee della Luce, and 58 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Kymberlee della Luce 79 months ago | reply

      YUM! Thanks for the recipe.

    2. a.k.a. Flash 79 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Very nicely done!

    3. fa73 79 months ago | reply

      Emotional food!

    4. gwen 79 months ago | reply

      Thanks for adding to the It's Soup group, this looks delicious.

    5. AOI-Alt (reduced) 79 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing ... I may try your recipe one of these colder days ;-)

    6. Vidiot 79 months ago | reply

      Fantastic.

    7. Kathleen Rear 79 months ago | reply

      I made this soup for a very happy family tonight, thinks so much for sharing it!

    8. Tyna D 78 months ago | reply

      Looks and sounds delicious! Beautiful photo!

    9. lucasreddinger 76 months ago | reply

      looks great, and nice focus!

    10. Melanie Greene 76 months ago | reply

      Can't wait to try this one!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    11. {o-f-f} 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ♥ Delicious Vegetarian Foods ♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. talkingcrow 63 months ago | reply

      The photo is horrid but the soup was awesome. I forgot the parsley so that was only in about 5 minutes. Also added a couple garlic cloves and a tiny bit of cinnamon. mmmm. Thanks!!!

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    13. romanlily 63 months ago | reply

      Glad you liked it, talking crow. The little toasts are so cute! And cinnamon in tomato soup... never tried it, but I'm intrigued.

    14. talkingcrow 63 months ago | reply

      the cinnamon thing was from... hmmm. i think the comments on thekitchn.com. vanilla was another. yum. gonna have some for lunch!

    15. George 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Recipes to Share, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Geyser Gary 55 months ago | reply

      I cannot believe that I did not comment on this two years ago! Sheeeesh. What's the matter with me?

    17. konomike 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this. I made it last night and it was great. I will say that a little onion goes a long way in this recipe, though. Delicious soup.

    18. ruarky99 53 months ago | reply

      I have made this recipe three times and it's now become a staple recipe. Thank you so much. I love it!

    19. romanlily 53 months ago | reply

      Awesome - I'm so glad you like it!

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