#CIC – Tomato Florentine Soup with Peanut Butter Crostini

by Lori Hart on January 20, 2014

It’s another month for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. For those of you who do not know about it, it is headed by Jutta of Hungry Little Girl blog and she selects two ingredients not normally found together then we all have to come up with a unique dish using both. For January, the ingredients were…… drum roll…. Ketchup & Peanut Butter!!  Now what do you do with that? Soup!

Tomato Florentine Soup

Yep, I made soup. Tomato Florentine Soup to be exact and with peanut butter crostini to put on top or dip into the soup. Or like my husband did, spoon the soup on top of the bread. This was probably the toughest challenge yet and I had a difficult time thinking of how I can put these two ingredients in the same meal. I thought last months white chocolate and garlic challenge was difficult, but this one? My head nearly exploded trying to come up with something.  But, that’s the whole point behind the crazy ingredient challenge… not to make our noggin’s blow, but to think outside the cookbook and every other known recipe.

Since it’s been in the single digits and I love soups, chili’s and slow cooker meals when it’s cold, I felt a soup was in order for this month. So I gathered my ingredients and got to work. Special note: I used a seasoning from Two Snooty Chefs called “hungarian ragout” that was this months shipment from their gourmet spice of the month club. It contains a blend of Smoked Paprika, Kosher Salt, Caraway, Onion and Herbs. You can substitute a combination of any of those spices and herbs in place of the ragout. If it were me, I would substitute a 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, a dash of salt and 1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash garlic  herb seasoning.

Tomato Florentine Soup

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Tomato Florentine Soup with Peanut Butter Crostini

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (mince)
  • 1/2 Medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon hungarian ragout seasoning
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (28 ounces each)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 long thin baguette (sliced thin into 10 slices)
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

Step 1
Tomato Florentine Soup
In a large soup pot, heat the butter and olive oil until butter is melted. Add the garlic, onion and sun dried tomatoes. Stir until fragrant
Step 2
Tomato Florentine Soup
Add basil, oregano, thyme and hungarian seasoning and stir. Add the ketsup and tomatoes and stir until blended. Add the chicken broth and stir until blended. Set temperature to low and simmer one hour.
Step 3
Tomato Florentine Soup
Just before the soup is done simmering, spread the tops of the crostini with butter then a thin layer of peanut butter. Place them on a cookie sheet. Pre-heat the oven to broil on low.
Step 4
After the soup has simmered, use an immersion blender until smooth. You can also run it through a food processor however it is likely to be done in several batches depending on the size of your food processor. Return the blended soup to your soup pot.
Step 5
Tomato Florentine Soup
Add the spinach leaves to the soup and cook until the leaves are wilted. Slowly add the heavy cream. You can add more or less then the 1/2 cup depending on how creamy you want it. Cook on medium-low while crostini is broiling
Step 6
Tomato Florentine Soup
Place the crostini in the oven, peanut butter side up and broil until bubbly, about 5-7 minutes. Serve on top of the soup or to the side. Garnish with a peanut butter drizzle (optional)

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Tomato soup has got to be a favorite of mine and I had not attempted a scratch made soup. I was going to make it creamier with more heavy cream but after tasting it, I elected to keep it to just a half cup. I like the way the sun dried tomatoes added flavor to the soup. That was a last minute idea when I saw I had just a bit left in the fridge… so into the soup it went. I used the immersion blender to smooth it out but not entirely since I do like a bit of texture to it.

Tomato Florentine Soup

Let’s talk about the peanut butter toastettes or crostini. I’ve seen these little crunchy bread slices called by both names so I picked crostini for this recipe. By broiling the bread, the peanut butter just oozed into the bread slices and the bread got crunchy and had a nice peanut butter flavor to it.

The verdict? Peanut butter crostini dipped into tomato florentine soup made with ketchup was not bad at all. Hubby was more skeptical then ever with this combo and didn’t think I could pull it off.  I wasn’t so sure either but it turned out pretty darn good.

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Mandi January 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

Hi!! I look forward to connecting with you through our SITS tribe! This actually sounds really delicious although I would never think to pair the two…but I guess that’s the point. I may sign up for the challenge!
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Lynn@SookzNook January 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

What a great combination of ingredients! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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lashonda w. January 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

Hello,

I’m in your SITS girls tribe. I am just staying by to say “Hello” and I look forward to reading your posts.

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Jennifer January 20, 2014 at 10:42 am

Lori,
This receipe sounds delicious! I’m definitely looking forward to trying it.
BTW, I’m excited to see that we’re part of the newly-formed SITS tribes. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and reading your posts.

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Laura Dembowski January 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

I’m a part of your SITS blogging group. Your blog is great and I can’t wait to read it more :)

Peanut butter and ketchup is a tough combo. I think I would have been stumped, but you did great with it!
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Lisa January 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hi, stopping by from your SITS tribe. I love the crazy ingredient challenge concept – it’s kind of like Chopped. Looking forward to reading your posts!
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Kelster January 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Love it! Peanut butter crostinis? Genius!

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Cindy ~Hun... What's for Dinner? January 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Oh YUM! I never would have thought to make PB crostini! Your soup looks fabulous.
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Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade January 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Great job and I bet that was a fantastic soup. It looks so rich and creamy, must be the peanutbutter.
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Jenni @ Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food January 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

You always make the best dishes for these challenges! This looks amazing!
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Lori Hart January 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Thank you!! I just got back into town so I’m visiting all the links tonight!

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Kat January 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Hi I am also coming by from our SITS “TRIBE” I am in love with the recipe challenge that is so fun and I love tomatoes! Totally trying your soup. I am following on all you social medai and look forward to checking out your recipes!! Mama Bird

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere January 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Delicious sounding soup! And I love the PB crostini! Glad to get to know you through our SITS Tribe!
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Lori Hart January 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Glad to be in the tribe.

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mikaela January 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I am definitely trying this recipe this week, yum!
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Debra January 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

This looks amazing! I am always looking for great new soup recipes!
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Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas January 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Wow! That must have been a tough on to come up with. Good for you. It actually sounds really good.
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Paula@SweetPea January 22, 2014 at 5:47 am

We love tomato soup and would devour a pot of your recipe in no time. I’ve never had peanut butter crostini but think it sounds great, even with tomato soup.
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