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creamy tomato soup to love

What a delicious way to show your love, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving way to make it more special for any Valentine’s dinner.

The recipe is quite easy to make and serves four people, but feel like taking a short cut?  Buy the soup from your favorite specialty store and then just make the heart-shaped croutons.  And if you do not have a heart-shaped cookie cutter- you can make a heart shape with a sharp knife.  Easy!

creamy tomato soup to love

What a delicious way to show your love, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving way to make it more special for any Valentine’s dinner.

The recipe is quite easy to make and serves four people, but feel like taking a short cut?  Buy the soup from your favorite specialty store and then just make the heart-shaped croutons.  And if you do not have a heart-shaped cookie cutter- you can make a heart shape with a sharp knife.  Easy!

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 4
1- 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 whole leaves of basil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
heart croutons
4 slices white or whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing
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thoughts&stories

One of my mother’s favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day, maybe because it was also her mother’s birthday.  She always put up little decorations and gave us chocolates.

But even more loving, is she often made us this tomato soup with heart croutons.  I am sure the soup was Campbell’s or Progresso canned soup, but her thoughtful croutons created such a wonderful memory.

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creamy tomato soup to love
  • serves
    4
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

  • heart croutons

Directions

1
Done

Melt butter in a large heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook until onion is completely soft and translucent, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 4 minutes, stirring constantly.

2
Done

Increase heat to medium-high; add tomato paste. Continue cooking, stirring often, until paste has begins to become thinner, 5–6 minutes.

3
Done

Add tomatoes with juices, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 4 cups water to pot. Increase heat to high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and add basil leaves.

4
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Simmer until flavors blend, it should take 45–55 minutes.

5
Done

puree soup

Remove basil leaves. Place soup in food processor, blender and puree until smooth. Or leave in the saucepan and use a hand held immersion blender (stick blender) to make smooth.

6
Done

Stir in heavy cream. Simmer soup for another 10–15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper to taste and add more sugar if you think acidity is too high and more cream. Simmer another five minutes.

7
Done

Ladle out into four bowls, and place two heart croutons in each soup.

8
Done

heart croutons

Set oven to broil setting.

9
Done

Take four slices of white or brown bread and cut out two heart shaped croutons per piece.

10
Done

Using pastry brush, or knife, spread olive oil on both sides of heart and place on a baking sheet.

11
Done

Place hearts, you will have eight in total, onto baking sheet under broil, watching constantly- should take no longer than 2 minutes. There is no need to flip over.

12
Done

Set croutons aside until ready to use.