Minty Tomato Soup

Minty Tomato Soup Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Look for large tomatoes, as they're easier to work with. If you make the soup ahead, the flavors will meld with time, but give the soup a quick stir before serving. Cheesy toasts add a bit of extra protein to this end-of-summer soup.

Yield:

4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 328
Fat 15.7 g
Satfat 4.7 g
Monofat 8 g
Polyfat 2 g
Protein 10.4 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 7.3 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Iron 5.2 mg
Sodium 614 mg
Calcium 85 mg

Ingredients

4 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup packed mint leaves
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces French bread baguette
1 (3-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Core tomatoes, and halve crosswise. Working with 1 tomato at a time, squeeze tomato halves over a sieve over a bowl; press sieve gently with the back of a wooden spoon to extract remaining juice, reserving tomato halves and juice. Discard seeds.

3. Press tomato halves through large holes of a box grater into a large bowl; discard skins. Add reserved tomato juice to bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped mint, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and vinegar.

4. Place garlic in a food processor; process until chopped. Add 1/2 cup mint leaves and 1/8 teaspoon salt; process until pureed. With the motor running, gradually pour oil through food chute, processing until oil is fully incorporated, scraping sides as necessary.

5. Slice bread crosswise into 8 slices. Spread cream cheese evenly over 1 side of bread slices. Place bread, cheese side up, in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes or until golden. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls; divide pesto evenly among bowls. Serve with toasts.

Note:

Amelia Saltsman,

September 2010
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