Sauté diced onion in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat 8 minutes or until tender; add minced garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in chopped tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring mixture to a boil. Simmer, stirring often, 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Allow tomato mixture to cool 10 minutes; stir in Brie pieces until melted.
Process soup with immersion blender until smooth.
Cook soup over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Stir in salt, pepper, and, if desired, chopped fresh basil. Serve with Crispy Croutons.
*2 (3-oz.) packages cream cheese may be substituted for Brie.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Alouette Crème de Brie.
Crispy Croutons: Thinly slice 1 French bread baguette. Brush cut sides with olive oil; place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Prep: 5 min., Bake: 10 min.
This was pretty easy and I am a soup novice. I made this for a weeknight dinner and look forward to eating the leftovers for lunch! We used low-fat cream cheese, vegetable stock (instead of chicken) and dried basil - next time I will do fresh basil and maybe add a carrot or two, as well as a bay leaf as I like the flavor it adds to veggie-stock-based recipes. I did not add any salt and actually found the recipe to be a little salty already from the stock. I added shredded parmesan to the soup and also to the croutons - delicious and easy. Would be great with a grilled cheese sandwich, or with a brown, nutty grain bread.
To all of those who dont like canned tomato soup -make this recipe. It is so simple. I added a chopped carrot and bay leaf while the onion was sauteing and used cream cheese - will definately keep this! Yummy!
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