Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

Cooks Illustrated 2008

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes (if using), and bay leaf. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and their juice. Using potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than 2 inches remain. Stir in sugar and bread (Crustless, torn into one inch pieces); bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread is completely saturated and starts to break down, about 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  2. Transfer half of soup to blender. Add 1 tablespoon oil and process until soup is smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and repeat with remaining soup and oil. Rinse out Dutch oven and return soup to pot. Stir in chicken broth and brandy (if using). Return soup to boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve soup in individual bowls. Sprinkle each portion with pepper and chives and drizzle with olive oil.


Most Helpful

5 star fantastic, but I changed some things- I used fire roasted diced tomatoes; I put the bread crumbs, crust and all in the food processor and made them a fine crumb and then add them to the pot with the tomatoes. I 1/2 t of basil and totally forgot to add the chicken broth (did not miss it). I also did not have any chives. I processed everything with the food processor until smooth before serving. Served it to company and they loved it!

Loveitall February 04, 2010

I was going to post this today but i am glad i found it here... SOOO GOOD. I made this earlier today. I didn't have any garlic but it was great anyway. With a grilled cheese, this is heaven. I will make this again and again! I would have taken a picture but i ate it... heheeh

College Girl August 30, 2009

This is delish! I used basil instead of a bay leaf (about 1/2 tsp). I also used a food mill instead of a blender. It gives a smoother texture. It is filling and a great combo with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Thatgirl #2 November 19, 2008

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