A bowl of soup is like a blank piece of paper ready for your creative touches. Garnish bowls of soup with any of the following: a handful of croutons, a sprinkling of minced fresh herbs (chives and parsley are especially good), a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, or chopped nuts or sunflower seeds.
Creamless Creamy Tomato SoupRecipe by America's Test KitchenServings
- 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1 (14.5- ounce) can diced tomatoes, opened
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into 1- inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium- low heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
- Pour tomatoes and their juice into the saucepan. Stir in broth, bread and sugar. Increase heat to medium- high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread starts to fall apart, about 5 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat. Let tomato mixture cool for 5 minutes.
- Transfer tomato mixture into a blender jar. Place lid on top of blender and hold lid firmly in place with a folded dish towel. Process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour soup into bowls or mugs and serve.