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Chunky Tomato Basil Soup With Parmesan Crisp

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“This recipe is very easy to make and can be prepared in a hurry. In under an hour, we made the soup and ate the entire pot. It is great served with a grilled cheese with brie and caramelized onions. The red pepper flakes are strongly encouraged because they add a mild heat that makes the soup feel even more lovely and warm.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium-large (at least 4 quarts) saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add garlic powder, black pepper, italian herb seasoning, salt, and half of fresh basil.
  6. Continue cooking at a light boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. While soup is cooking, prepare Parmesan Crisps (see below).
  7. Reduce heat to medium and add cheese, milk and red pepper flakes.
  8. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  9. If you want the soup to be thicker, either continue cooking for another 10 minutes or add corn starch.
  10. When you are satisfied with the thickness of the soup, add the reserved basil.
  11. Serve in small bowls and top with a parmesan crisp.
  12. ~~Parmesan Crisp~~.
  13. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  14. Grate fresh parmesan cheese and form small, slightly flattened mounds of cheese on parchment paper.
  15. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Immediately remove parchment paper from baking sheet and transfer cheese rounds to a wire rack to cool completely (about 5 minutes) before eating.

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