A lean soup for hard times made all the more delicious for being so simple.
Tomato Bread Soup
2 tablespoonsolive oil
1yellow onion, peeled and sliced
2 clovesgarlic, peeled and minced
2 poundsplum tomatoes, halved and quartered
1 teaspoonItalian seasoning
2 cupsstale bread, torn
4 cupsvegetable broth
12 large leavesbasil, torn
2 ouncesParmesan cheese, grated, optional garnish
Several leavesbasil, optional garnish
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepperto taste
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Heat olive oil in large heavy-bottomed skillet. Add onion and garlic. Saute until onions are tender, 5 or 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and seasoning. Cook until tomatoes begin to break down, 5 or 6 minutes.
Add bread and stir until bread is saturated with liquid. Pour broth into mixture. Stir about 2 minutes. Add torn basil. Simmer about 10 minutes. Garnish and serve.