September 22, 2014

Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup

Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade

Happy Meatless Monday! Made in minutes, this tomato and bread soup is a perfect way to start off the week on a healthy (and meatless) foot. It's chock full of tasty, fiber-filled Swiss chard and poured over thick pieces of crusty bread for sopping up all the tomato-y juices. Do you want an egg on that? Of course you do! Poach one up and crack it over the top of this hearty, delicious soup. This also freezes really well, so I suggest making a larger batch and storing it for a quick defrost on a busy weeknight. Don't have (or like) Swiss chard? Substitute it for your favorite leafy green like spinach or kale. 
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
Tomato & Bread Soup
Recipe modified from Eating Well
Serves: 4, Serving Size: 2/3 cup broth, 1 egg, 1/2 slice bread, PointsPlus: 8
Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped, plus 1 halved
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups canned plum tomatoes, hand crushed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 x 3 inch Parmesan cheese rind, plus 2 tbsp freshly grated Parm
  • 1/2 cup cooked Swiss chard, coarsely chopped (I used one large bunch of Rainbow)
  • 2 large slices country-style bread, toasted
  • 4 large eggs
Directions:
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent then add garlic and cook until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and caramelize onion and garlic for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in cayenne pepper.
While the onion and garlic are cooking, coarsely chop the Swiss chard (or other leafy green). Set aside in a bowl and in another bowl, hand-crush the canned tomatoes, adding in the halved grape tomatoes when finished. 
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
Add the tomatoes, water, and cheese rind to the pot and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Discard the cheese rind and stir in the Swiss chard. You may have to wilt the chard in batches. Cook soup for 15 more minutes.
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
While the soup is finishing, toast the bread slices and rub each side with the remaining halved garlic clove. Divide the bread among 4 soup bowls then divide the soup among the 4 bowls. 
Using the method you know best, poach 4 eggs and add 1 egg to each soup bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serve immediately and bask in the glory of quick, easy, and healthy deliciousness!
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
Meatless Monday: Tomato & Bread Soup | Hard Parade
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