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Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons

18 Nov
As the pressure of the holidays slowly creeps in you’re either:
A.) Prepared and excited
OR
B.) Panicked!!!
I for one, am a huge Thanksgiving advocate.  Although I would assume most foodies are.  A day dedicated to food?  Yes please.  Luckily, I don’t cook Thanksgiving dinner.  Yet.  I plan on preparing the big feast myself one day when I have a massive kitchen, where I can cook for days.
Of course Thanksgiving dinner involves a lot of traditional items.  But what do you serve before the big meal?  Whether you serve hors d’oeuvres and you need something in between or you simply need a first course, soup is always a crowd pleaser.
While checking out some of Martha Stewarts’ healthy soup recipes I couldn’t help but think how perfect it would be to start off Thanksgiving with a unique, fresh soup.

Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons

Ingredients

  • For the Soup
    • 1 28-oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup diced onion
    • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Croutons
    • 1/2 baguette, sliced (about 16 slices)
    • Olive oil, for drizzling
    • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
    • Fresh basil leaves

Directions

  1. Pulse tomatoes and liquid in a food processor until chopped. Heat oil and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, until onions are tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 30 minutes. Puree until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, drizzle bread with oil. Toast in 375 degrees oven until it begins to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Top with mozzarella and return to oven. Cook until cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute more.
  3. Top with fresh basil, season with salt and pepper, and serve with soup.

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Not only will this recipe fill your guests up and take the edge of their hunger, but it has a kick!  And if you’re family is Italian and can’t stand to serve turkey without some kind of saucy dish (like mine) then this soup will fit perfectly into your menu.  Enjoy!
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