This past weekend we ventured out for our annual evening of Christmas caroling. We totally lucked out with the weather, it was in the mid-30’s which was like a heat wave. And thank goodness we didn’t get the snow, wind, and cold that came to town on Sunday.
Christmas caroling is a riot, there are some people who totally get it and others who are so uncomfortable with a group of strangers on their doorstep singing. The pain on their face is hilarious. The people who get it are great, they bring out cookies, money, drinks. The kids have a fun time with it too, leading the charge on the song selection. The best thing we along the way was some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with a bit of orange in them. They were a hit.
Each year, before heading out into the cold we get together for dinner. We hosted dinner again this year and went with soup again. I thought a hearty soup would be a good low maintenance meal with minimal dishes to clean afterward. I thought this garlic bread soup was pretty close to a meal in a bowl.
Garlic Bread Soup
1 sourdough round or baguette3 T. olive oil1 t. garlic powder2 t. kosher salt6 cups vegetable broth1 onion, diced2 celery stalks, chopped2 carrots, diced3 leeks, chopped3 garlic cloves, sliced thin2 t. dried thyme1 t. dried Italian season½ t. black pepper, ground1-28 oz. can diced tomato2 bay leaves1 Parmesan cheese rindParmesan, shaved
Heat oven to 300°Toss bread cubes, 1 T. olive oil, garlic powder, and ½ t. salt until coated. Bake in single layer on cookie sheet for about 40 minutes, or until crisp.Heat 2 T. olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onion, celery, carrots, leeks, and garlic and sweat for about 5 minutes.Add thyme, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, 2 t. and pepper.Add vegetable broth, tomatoes, cheese rind and bring mixture to boil.Reduce heat and partially cover. Simmer for 30 minutes.Remove bay leaves and rind.Before serving stir in bread cubes and let sit for 5 minutes.Top each bowl with Parmesan shavings.
A hearty bowl full of vegetables and bread. The bread in the soup thickens it up that is actually a stewp. Chicken is a good addition to the soup, just brown small bites of chicken in the pot before continuing with the recipe above.
We had a big group this year, it was a lot of fun and people were actually home. A huge improvement from last year. But every year the Glühwein keeps us warm when we go door to door, but results in a wicked headache in the morning. Ouch. Tis the season!Submitted to Life as Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap