Tomato, Cheese and Bread Soup
|8||ounces crusty Sourdough croutons|
|2||tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil|
|9||garlic cloves, minced|
|3||large onions, finely chopped|
|8||cups chicken stock or low-salt chicken broth|
|2||28oz cans peeled plum tomatoes, drained and crushed|
|1/4||cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese|
|Parmesan Reggiano rind (optional)|
|1/4||cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves (for garnish)|
|1/4||cup Parmesan cheese shavings|
|1/4||cup freshly grated Asiago cheese|
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
So as the season starts to change into fall & colder temperatures, there are just certain foods that sound so great that I always look forward to.
- Hot Chocolate- My favorite: Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate (worth every penny & the extra time on the stove)
- Soups & Chili- I was always intimidated to make soups, but it is quite easy. You can start almost any soup with a little olive oil in the bottom of a pan & then throw in some diced onion, celery & carrot (the french call it a mirepoix, but who really cares). A lot of soup recipes called for diced or crushed tomatoes. I like to throw these in for a little kick: Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes (can find these at Central Market & Tom Thumb). Then just follow your favorite recipe or combine a few together that sound good.
- Baked Goods- I guess because the holidays are getting close, I figure "Hey, maybe this year, I'll bake cookies for everyone I know!" Yea right... But I do tend to bake a bit more around the house at least.
Hope you are enjoying some of fall's foods!