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Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons

Well hello there! Surprised to see me?

It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the blog recently. To be honest, it’s been lovely to follow other people’s recipes, only cook at mealtimes, and keep my camera hidden out of site. I think my break will continue for a little while, but I couldn’t keep myself from popping in to share this soup recipe with you.

Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons | coffeeandquinoa.com

Soup has been the name of the game in our household recently. It’s that dark, chilly time of year, and I love making a big pot of soup on Sundays to eat as leftovers for lunch during the week. It’s healthy, comforting, and warms me up from tip to toe. And as soon as I add some sort of bread product, Nate’s all about it, too.

Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons | coffeeandquinoa.com

This Thanksgiving I experimented with cornbread stuffing (taking a walk on the wild side, I know), and had a bit of cornbread leftover. Croutons were one of the simplest ideas I found for using up the leftovers. I paired the croutons with this smooth, herby soup to get a nice contrast between sweet and savory and silky and crunchy. The croutons would be great with any smooth, creamy soup, really – I’m thinking sweet potato or butternut squash would be divine!

Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons | coffeeandquinoa.com

Maybe I shouldn’t tell you this, but Nate told me this combination reminds him (in the best way possible, he assured me!) of Pizza Hut pizza. I can see what he means – the cheesy cornbread croutons are almost like a very sweet pizza crust, and the tomato soup is tomato-y enough that it’s almost like drinking sauce. It might sound weird, but trust me – it works! Your taste buds will love it, and your  body will thank you for eating soup and not Pizza Hut.

I’m going to post the last round of wedding pictures soon. In the meantime, cozy up with a bowl of this soup! Enjoy!

Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons | coffeeandquinoa.com

Herbed Tomato Soup with Cornbread Croutons
 

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Hands-on time
10 mins

Cook time
20 mins

Total time
30 mins

 

Author: Erica
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
For the soup:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes (low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (I used dried, but packed in oil works, too)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp each chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 2 cups plain almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the croutons:
  • 6 cups cubed day-old cornbread
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tsp black pepper

Instructions
To make the soup:
  1. Warm the oil in a large pot. Saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste, cajun spice, herbs, and broth. Increase heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in almond milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To make the croutons:
  1. While the soup simmers, preheat oven to 400. Toss the cubed cornbread with olive oil, parmesan, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool completely.
To serve:
  1. Serve soup with croutons on the side. To keep the croutons from getting soggy, add a handful to your bowl just before you dig in. Enjoy!

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