Tomato Alphabet Soup with Parmesan Crisps

March 2008
Tomato Alphabet Soup with Parmesan Crisps

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Put a whole new spin on alphabet soup.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 32 ounce container  4 cups) vegetable broth
  • 1 28 ounce can  crushed tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 pound alphabet pasta
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees . Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Sprinkle four 1/4-cup mounds of parmesan about 2 inches apart onto each prepared baking sheet; slightly flatten with a spoon. Bake until golden-brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 30 seconds. Using a thin metal spatula, drape the crisps over a rolling pin until hardened into shape, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and tomatoes, cover, and bring to a boil.
  3. Using a blender, puree the soup with the butter. In the soup pot, stir the pasta into the soup,and cook until al dente, Stir in 1 to 2 cups water, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Ladle the soup into 4 mugs and top each with 2 parmesan crisps. The parmesan crisps can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Tip
  • Bake small mounds of grated parmesan...
  • ...until golden,
  • then drape them over a rolling pin until crisp.
  • Cook chopped onion and carrot in olive oil,
  • then stir in broth...
  • ...and tomatoes and let it all come to a boil.
  • Blend in a bit of butter and puree the soup until smooth.
  • Add pasta and cook it until al dente, then season with salt and pepper. To eat, top with a parmesan crisp and dig in!
Tip Frozen assets
  • Double the recipe and freeze half for later.
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