Tomato Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 clove Garlic, Minced Fine Or Grated

1 whole Onion, Finely Diced

3 whole Large Carrots, Peeled And Finely Diced

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

3 cans (28 Ounces Each) Whole Tomatoes

32 ounces, fluid Vegetable Or Chicken Broth

1 cup Water

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Salt And Pepper, to taste

2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

Croutons

1/2 whole Baguette, Sliced Into Rounds

1/2 cup Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Fresh Basil, For Garnish

Directions

In a large pot, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat, then add onion, garlic, and carrots. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir it in, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add canned tomatoes with their juice, broth, and water. Stir together and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, longer if you have time. Use an immersion blender to puree, still leaving some texture to the tomatoes. Add cream, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

To make the croutons: drizzle crostini rounds lightly with olive oil. Place little piles of Parmesan in a nonstick skillet. Place a crostini round on top of each pile. Turn on the heat to medium. Press with a spatula as you melt the cheese into each round. When set, flip the crouton to the other side to toast.

Serve soup with one or two croutons on top and a little bit of basil.

 

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