Have you ever had Panzanella salad? In the middle of summer, it is seriously THE best thing you can eat. Tomatoes, cucumbers, basil - all fresh from the garden (the key), vinaigrette and stale bread. I know, I know, but seriously it ends up melding together into a yummy fabulousness.
But it's nearly winter so why am I teasing you (is that what you're thinking? I would never tease you about food - your hair maybe, not food, lol).
Well, here is panzanella in soup form.
I started with sauteeing some garlic and onion in about a tablespoon of olive oil, just until soft.
Then added a can of diced tomatoes, a pinch of oregano (alas, there is no fresh basil in the house, so oregano was going to have to try to fill basil's shoes) and about 4 cups of veggie stock.
This simmered for about 30 minutes. Then I added torn up pieces of a multi-grain bun. You could use any type of bread.
Give it a stir so the bread becomes saturated, top it off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and then just try not to burn your mouth on that cheese as you absolutely cannot wait another second before tasting it. Completely warmed me up.
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