Tomato Soup with Bat Croutons

Progresso® chicken broth provides simple addition to this delicious tomato soup served with bat shaped croutons – perfect for Halloween dinner.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

2
slices pumpernickel bread
3
slices thick-sliced bacon
4
shallots, finely chopped
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
tablespoon honey
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Using 4 1/2-inch bat-shaped cookie cutter, cut 2 shapes from each slice of bread. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes, turning once, until toasted. Cool completely.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside. Cook shallots and garlic in bacon drippings over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add tomatoes, broth, basil, thyme, honey and pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon.
  • 3 Top each bowl of soup with a bat crouton just before serving.

Expert Tips

Puree soup for a smoother texture. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
179
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Sodium
982mg
982%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 Vegetable;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.