Tomato Soup with Homemade Croutons

If you're a tomato soup lover, then you'll love the addition of the homemade herbed croutons. Next to salads, soups are my go-to lunch option.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Lunch
Servings: 2
Calories: 235kcal

Ingredients

For the soup

  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 4 cups tomato roughly chopped
  • 2-3 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 potato roughly chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

For homemade croutons

  • 1-2 thick bread of your choice (GF if needed, to make croutons)
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried or fresh herbs of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, etc)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives/parsley

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until softened.
  • Add all other ingredients, stir well. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F or 200°C.
  • Cut the bread into cubes (0.5 inch or to your preference) and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up).
  • Drizzle with olive oil, and a little salt, black pepper, and herbs of your choice (I used and Italian flavoring mix).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crisp. Toss cubes several times during baking. Remove and let cool.
  • Blend soup with blender or immersion blender until smooth. Adjust seasoning and serve with homemade croutons and fresh chives.

Notes

  • Homemade croutons, stored in a plastic container or a plastic bag, last up to two weeks unrefrigerated.
  • I like to use the oven because it's almost totally hands-free. But if you want to use a frying pan on the stove top, be sure to stir and toss the bread frequently so all sides become crisp and golden. You may need a little extra fat as well.
  • Take-along tip: store croutons in a separate container and add just before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1319mg | Potassium: 1321mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g

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