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Fresh Tomato Soup Au Gratin



Fresh Tomato Soup Au Gratin
Number of Servings: 4 Total Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 15 to 30 minutes Source: Dairy Council
Food Groups: Dairy, Vegetables, Grains
Meal Type: Soup & Stews
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: American
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes), Simple (6 or less ingredients) , Kids Love It, Kids Can Help Make It , Vegetarian

This soup goes well with homemade croutons.

Ingredients:

SOUP
1 teaspoon Butter
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
5 cups chopped seeded Tomato (about 2 3/4 lbs)
2 cups low-fat Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Dash of black Pepper

CROUTONS
1 clove Garlic, cut in half
2 1-ounce slices diagonally cut French Bread (about 1 inch thick)
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)(2 oz)

Preparation:

SOUP
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add tomato; cook covered, over medium heat 10 minutes. Uncover; cook until mixture is reduced to 2 cups (about 25 minutes), stirring occasionally.
2. Place the tomato mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Combine the tomato mixture, milk, salt and pepper in pan, and cook mixture over medium-low heat 2 minutes or until heated.

CROUTONS
1. To prepare croutons, rub cut sides of garlic over both sides of each bread slice; place bread on a baking sheet. Broil 30 seconds on each side or until toasted. Cut each slice in half crosswise. Place 1 cup soup in each of 4 oven-proof bowls; top each serving with 1 crouton and 2 tablespoons cheese. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Nutrient Information
Calories: 197
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 570 mg
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Protein: 11 g
Fiber: 3 g
Vitamin A: 2345 IU
Vitamin C: 30 mg
Calcium: 279 mg
Iron: 1 mg

Cook's Notes:

Very tasty. For those concerned with sodium, reduce the amount of salt you add.