Leek, Tomato, and Bread Soup

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 4,303


6 cups homemade Chicken Broth or a mix of half store-bought broth and half water
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 medium leeks
3 cloves large garlic
pinch of crushed red pepper
2 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped fresh tomatoes, or canned tomatoes
1/2 loaf day-old Italian whole-wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (see recipe)
1/2 cup torn fresh basil
Extra-virgin olive oil


1 Prepare the broth, if necessary. Then, trim off the roots and dark green portion of the leeks. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and rinse thoroughly under cool running water. Chop fine.

2 Pour the oil into a large pot. Add the leeks and cook, stirring frequently, over medium-low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and crushed red pepper.

3 Add the tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste.

4 Stir the bread into the soup and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup should be thick. Add more bread if necessary.

5 Remove from the heat. Stir in the basil and let stand 10 minutes. Serve hot, with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

From "1,000 Italian Recipes." Copyright 2004 by Michele Scicolone. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 4,303
Calories from Fat: 113

This Leek, Tomato, and Bread Soup recipe is from the Cook'n in Italy Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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