Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday's Soup

Today's soup is another in the Panera Bread series. I think I pulled out three more that I would like to try, so a few more weeks to go. I love this soup, but please pay attention to the warning that will follow. The recipe is no longer available on the Panera Bread website, but I did find it here on Food.com  It's a very simple soup to make and takes very little time. The ingredients are quite simple and most are things you would have on hand.
Country Bread and Tomato Soup with Mashed Basil Oil 
The ingredients:
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, packed
3/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (warning!! start with 1/4 tea. and work your way up)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 28-ounce cans of whole, peeled tomatoes(I used chopped fire roasted tomatoes)
1 quart water or vegetable stock
1/4 cup of dry red wine
Country white bread torn into bite size pieces

1. Mash the basil well with 1/2 cup of the oil and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
2. Heat the remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
3. Cook the garlic, red pepper and oregano just until the garlic begins to sizzle.
4. Crush the tomatoes with your hands over the saucepan, making sure to include all of the juice.
5. Add the water or stock and red wine.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Stir in the bread and remove from heat.
9. Serve immediately, drizzling the soup generously with the mashed basil oil.
For the country white bread I substituted a sourdough Asiago Peppercorn bread. It's great!
If you remember from last week, the Pumpkin soup was not my favorite, but my husband liked the fact that it was so mild. So, this week we are reversed. I LOVE this soup. It is bold and has a great punch, but remember, I enjoy hot and spicy. So if you do give it a try, just remember to be a little careful with the red pepper. Oh, the mashed basil oil is super!!!
I usually don't share too much of my artwork, but I am having so much fun with this little guy. I'm working on the illustrations for a series of children's stories that I've written. I have a little more work to do on this piece to clean it up and refine it. There will also be quite a bit in the background. He lives on a river in a quirky little house. Once I get it on watercolor paper and start painting it, I'll give you another little peek.
Hope you're having a lovely, lovely Sunday.

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  1. I will definitely be making this soup, Rhonda. The last one of yours I tried was delicious and we like spicey so this should be great.

    How does this hold up for leftovers with the bread? Or should I just throw in enough for that meal and add more when I reheat? Thanks again for another great recipe.

    I think you and I are of the same mind here. Anything coverede with basil and olive oil has to be fabulous!

    1. Hi Bunny, I made the soup this afternoon and then had some tonight, so it sat for a number of hours. The bread that I used is fairly hearty bread and it held up alright. I think though that I would only add the bread to the soup that I am going to eat at that time rather than leave it in the soup.
      I have to agree, basil and olive oil are always winners in my book. Throw in some hot peppers and I'm in heaven !!

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    1. We had some for dinner. The soup is fairly light, although the bread makes it a little richer. It is pleasantly filling and the aroma...just lovely.

  3. Is that little guy a mushroom? Drawing is a skill I would LOVE to have. I have done a little for some quilts I made, but I had to have a lot of help from cartoon drawing books. There is a post on my blog about The Birdhardts quilt. I had to change people into birds. I did some Zentangle for a while, but that, of course, is just doodling.
    Hugs, Joy

    1. Hi Joy, yes, he is a mushroom man. He lives in a quirky little house and has a quirky little job. Now that he is coming to life, I am having such a great time with his story.