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Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons

This Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is the perfect cold weather comfort food!

This Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is the perfect cold weather comfort food ... plus, it's easy to make! | Hello Little Home for The Pinning Mama

Hello, it’s Ginnie from Hello Little Home! Fall has always been my favorite season. After a hot NYC summer, I am beyond ready for cool weather, colorful leaves, and cozy sweaters, not to mention my favorite comfort foods.

I love a hot bowl of soup at this time of year, and this Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is definitely worth looking forward to on a chilly fall day!

This Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is the perfect cold weather comfort food ... plus, it's easy to make! | Hello Little Home for The Pinning Mama

Tomato soup always reminds me of my childhood. Growing up, I ate plenty of the canned variety … paired with a grilled cheese, of course!

My tastes have changed a bit over the years, and this easy-to-make Creamy Tomato Soup is my new favorite.

This Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is the perfect cold weather comfort food ... plus, it's easy to make! | Hello Little Home for The Pinning Mama

This recipe uses simple ingredients and comes together really quickly. Fresh basil brightens up the flavor, and the Garlic Croutons add a welcome crunch.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons
 
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Ingredients
For Croutons:
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 slices firm Italian bread, cubed
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp. salt
For Soup:
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28-oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup basil leaves (lightly packed), chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Pepper
Instructions
Prepare croutons:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, then top with cubed bread.
  3. Bake until bread is dried out and beginning to brown around the edges, about 7 - 10 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix together butter, garlic, Parmesan, and salt.
  5. Pour butter mixture over croutons and toss well.
  6. Return croutons to baking sheet and cook until golden brown, about 5 - 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and set aside.
Prepare soup:
  1. Meanwhile, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes in a large pot.
  2. Heat over medium heat until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Stir crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth into garlic.
  4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove soup from heat, then stir in basil and cream.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve soup topped with croutons.

 

Easy step-by-step instructions for making Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons ... the perfect cold weather comfort food! | Hello Little Home for The Pinning Mama

This recipe is easy to alter according to your taste. Add more crushed red pepper flakes for a spicier soup, or leave it out if you like things mild. Try experimenting with different herbs or season the soup with your favorite spices (I want to try curry powder!). For a richer soup, add additional heavy cream. Are you watching your calories? Cut down or eliminate the cream … it will still be delicious!

This Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons is the perfect cold weather comfort food ... plus, it's easy to make! | Hello Little Home for The Pinning Mama

If you like this Creamy Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons, I think you’ll enjoy these recipes, too:

Creamy Wild Rice Soup  |  Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Chili  |  Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

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Ginnie at Hello Little HomeHi, I’m Ginnie, and I blog over at Hello Little Home! I’m a married New Yorker with a creative streak, and I love to write about some of my favorite things: food, DIY, fashion, interior design, travel, and more.

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