Mediterranean Tomato Soup with Crunchy Croutons

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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Tomato soup with a Mediterranean twist. Fresh herbs make all the difference here, so don’t go for dried. Crunchy olive oil drizzled croûtons add texture and the flavour of the Mediterranean. Finish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and more olive oil for a fresh, warming lunch.

recipe updated Feb 14, 2019


  • Tomato icon
    x 2¾
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    x 1
  • Vegetable stock icon
    Vegetable stock
    1¼ cups
  • Tomato purée icon
    Tomato purée
    1 tbsp
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    ½ tsp
  • Fresh oregano icon
    Fresh oregano
  • Fresh basil icon
    Fresh basil
    1 tbsp
  • Ciabatta icon
    x 1
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    1 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch


  • kCook icon Stick blender
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Prep and set aside tomato: coarsely chopped
  2. Prep and set aside garlic clove: crushed
  3. Prep and set aside vegetable stock: hot
  4. Prep and set aside fresh basil: shredded
  5. Prep and set aside ciabatta: torn
  6. Get a clean large saucepan
  7. Add prepared tomato
  8. Add olive oil
  9. Add prepared garlic clove
  10. Cook for approx 3min until softened
  11. Add prepared vegetable stock
  12. Add tomato purée
  13. Add granulated sugar
  14. Add chopped fresh oregano
  15. Add prepared fresh basil
  16. Boil
  17. Reduce for 10min until simmering
  18. Get a clean baking sheet
  19. Add prepared ciabatta
  20. Drizzle with olive oil
  21. Toast until crispy
  22. Blend soup with stick blender until smooth
  23. Stir parmesan cheese
  24. Ladle soup into 2 large serving bowls
  25. Drizzle with olive oil
  26. Scatter parmesan cheese
  27. Season with salt & pepper
  28. Transfer croutons to 2 large serving bowls
  29. Serve immediately
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