Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons

As the pressure of the holidays slowly creeps in you’re either:
A.) Prepared and excited
B.) Panicked!!!
I for one, am a huge Thanksgiving advocate.  Although I would assume most foodies are.  A day dedicated to food?  Yes please.  Luckily, I don’t cook Thanksgiving dinner.  Yet.  I plan on preparing the big feast myself one day when I have a massive kitchen, where I can cook for days.
Of course Thanksgiving dinner involves a lot of traditional items.  But what do you serve before the big meal?  Whether you serve hors d’oeuvres and you need something in between or you simply need a first course, soup is always a crowd pleaser.
While checking out some of Martha Stewarts’ healthy soup recipes I couldn’t help but think how perfect it would be to start off Thanksgiving with a unique, fresh soup.

Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Croutons


  • For the Soup
    • 1 28-oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup diced onion
    • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Croutons
    • 1/2 baguette, sliced (about 16 slices)
    • Olive oil, for drizzling
    • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
    • Fresh basil leaves


  1. Pulse tomatoes and liquid in a food processor until chopped. Heat oil and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, until onions are tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 30 minutes. Puree until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, drizzle bread with oil. Toast in 375 degrees oven until it begins to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Top with mozzarella and return to oven. Cook until cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute more.
  3. Top with fresh basil, season with salt and pepper, and serve with soup.


Not only will this recipe fill your guests up and take the edge of their hunger, but it has a kick!  And if you’re family is Italian and can’t stand to serve turkey without some kind of saucy dish (like mine) then this soup will fit perfectly into your menu.  Enjoy!

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