Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tomato Soup with Croutons





It was quiet surprising when my son asked me to make Tomato Soup for dinner when he doesn't like tomatoes at all. He has a small kids recipe book with him. Whenever he has mood to cook he will open the book and start looking for recipes.  That's what happened last Sunday. I guess he was tempted by the color of the tomato soup and he wants to give a try. That good. My son starts exploring to add more vegetables in the list.
Now is time for grocery shopping. This time he brought the recipe book itself for shopping. I just let him to find the ingredients himself from the shelf. As usual things which was not in the list also added in to the cart. I must really learb to control myself and to stick with the budget..hehe

Since the recipe is meant for kids, its really simple. I added few more ingredients according to my preference.

Ingredients :
Shallots - 2
Garlic - 1(opt)
Plum Tomatoes - 1 can
Carrot - 1 large
Chicken stock - 1/2 cup (opt)
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
salt

Croutons
Bread - 6 slices
Butter
Cheddar Cheese

Method :
Soup :
Heat a vessel and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Chopped garlic and shallots finely then add to the heated oil. Stir for few seconds. Now add the sliced carrots and keep stirring for few more minutes.
Add chicken stock to the carrot. Close the lit. Let it simmer in slow fire till the carrot are soft.
Now add the canned tomatoes. Normally canned tomatoes are semi cooked. Stir the mixture and mash the tomatoes using the spatula. Add  little bit salt. and let it simmer for 20 minutes in slow fire covered with lid. After 20 minutes turn off the fire. Let the soup cool before blend in a food processor. After blend the soup is ready to serve with croutons.

Croutons :
Spread butter to the slices of bread. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle grated cheddar cheese. Bake again for another 5 minutes. Remove from fire and cut into cubes. Bake again for another 3 minutes. Homemade croutons are ready.

Serve the croutons with the tomato soup.
My son finished the bowl without any complaints. That was most important for me.


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