The following article was written by Keegan Baur.
On a blustery winter day, there’s something about a steaming bowl of soup that warms body and soul. Have you ever eaten soup in a bread bowl? These can be served as appetizers or side dishes, and they just might be a fun way to get kids to eat! You can try homemade bread bowls, or opt for convenience (like I did) and pick up a bag of freshly made sourdough rolls from the grocery store. While just about any soup would taste great in a bread bowl, I chose to fill mine with a refreshing tomato soup. These little bowls are so cute, how could anyone resist?
Tomato and Bread Bowl ‘Soupetizers’
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup diced Vidalia onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Dry white wine (optional)
14-oz. can diced tomatoes
6 homemade bread bowls or store-bought sourdough rolls
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tsp. lime juice
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Parsley, for garnish
- Heat the oil in a small stockpot. Add the onions and sauté for about 2 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
- Add the cumin, red pepper flakes, and beans and sauté for another 3 minutes. If the mixture sticks to the bottom of the pot, you can deglaze it with a couple of splashes of wine.
- Add the tomatoes and let simmer until they’re cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- While the soup simmers, make the bread bowls by slicing the tops off the bread bowls or rolls and scooping out the dough, removing as much as possible. Save to make breadcrumbs for another recipe.
- Add the broth and lime juice and blend in the pot with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer the contents of the pot to a standard blender. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes (you don’t want the steam to pop off the blender’s lid—that would be a big, hot mess!) and blend until smooth. Add the salt and pepper.
- If you used an immersion blender, continue to simmer the soup for a few minutes. If you used a standard blender, pour the soup back into the pot over low heat and simmer for a few minutes. Ladle the soup into each bread bowl. Garnish with the parsley and serve.
Makes 6 servings
What kind of soup would you like to eat out of a bread bowl?