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5 easy-to-make soups

By: Enrique Gili on Feb. 6, 2012, 6:03 p.m.

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Tomato Bread Soup

A lean soup for hard times made all the more delicious for being so simple.

Tomato Bread Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups stale bread, torn
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 12 large leaves basil, torn
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated, optional garnish
  • Several leaves basil, optional garnish
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Time estimates

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Yield: Serves 4