Pizza Soup and homemade croutons are something that my son has been asking me to make for a long time now. My daughter Christine came up with a pizza soup recipe that includes noodles and pepperonis but I wanted to make a soup that was smoother.
I made this for dinner a couple of weeks ago and put the leftovers in the freezer. Zack had a friend over yesterday, because they didn’t have school and they wanted the leftover pizza soup for lunch. I warmed it up in the microwave and while the two boys were eating I overheard Zack say, “Who could’ve known that something from the freezer could taste this good!” We didn’t have any of the homemade croutons left, so they used store bought ones and they said that although they weren’t as good as the homemade ones, they were still pretty good.
The first thing I did was put a jar of Classico Four Cheese pasta sauce in the blender to make it completely smooth.
Then, put the pasta sauce, tomato soup, water, half n half, oregano, garlic salt, onion powder and Parmesan cheese into a large pot. Mix the ingredients together and warm over medium heat, stirring often.
Once the soup is hot, add the shredded cheeses and gently stir until the cheese has melted.
At this point, taste the soup and add more seasoning, if desired, or if it is too thick add more half n half.
While the soup is warming, cut half of a loaf of Italian bread into bite size pieces.
Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add the bread pieces. (Depending on the size of the pan, they might not all fit at one time.) Drizzle more olive oil over the bread and turn the pieces to coat them. Sprinkle with sea salt, Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Continue cooking the bread, turning often, until it is golden brown and crispy. These homemade croutons are so good! My family would love it I made them every week!
Pour the soup into bowls and top with additional shredded cheese and some croutons. My pizza soup was a huge hit with my family! They love pizza, but there something about the flavors of pizza in a warm, cheesy soup topped with crunchy croutons that really hits the spot on a cold winter day. My husband told me several times that he really liked the soup so it is something I will definitely be making again!
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