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Creamy Tomato Alphabet Soup Will Delight Your Friends and Family This Winter

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This delicious and comforting, creamy tomato soup relies on pantry staples, such as canned whole tomatoes, garlic, onion, and extra-virgin olive oil. Freshly made brown butter crostini add a nice crunch and some richness. Best of all, you can enjoy a bowl of this soup in just 30 minutes and delight people with the alphabet pasta message!

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 small onion, very thinly sliced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 5 cups canned peeled whole tomatoes in their juice (from three 14-ounce cans) 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • Three 3/4-inch-thick slices of baguette 
  • Alphabet pasta optional. Follow directions on package

Directions

  • Step 1

In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juice, the water, heavy cream, sugar, crushed red pepper, celery seed and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

  • Step 2

Meanwhile, in a small pan, cook the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over moderately high heat until it begins to brown, about 1 minute. Scrape the browned butter into a medium bowl. Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the the sliced baguette and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is slightly browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer the bread to the browned butter and flip twice. 

  • Step 3

Transfer the tomato soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the soup to a clean pot and rewarm the to you desired temperature. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the baguette crostini.

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