Tomato Soup with Croutons

img_4949Cooking for Families

Instead of serving processed and highly salted cans of soup Nanny Family likes this tomato soup that is easy for me to make. I don’t add hot sauce, or arugula since the kids don’t like those ingredients. The croutons can be made one day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

You Will Need:

2 thick slices country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges
Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
1 cup baby arugula (optional)
1 ounce Pecorino, shaved

You Will Need:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss bread with 2 tablespoons oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt. Bake, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and crunchy, 8–10 minutes; set croutons aside.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onion, garlic, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, 5–7 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until they just start to release their juices, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Transfer tomato mixture to a blender and blend until smooth; taste and add hot sauce to your liking. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Drizzle soup with more oil and top with arugula, Pecorino, and croutons.

Recipe found on epicurious
Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg

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