Tomato Broth with Parmesan Croûtes and Chive Oil Tomato Broth with Parmesan Croûtes and Chive Oil

Author: Canadian Living

For the toasted croûte topping of this sophisticated soup, buy real Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano or a good-quality Grana Padano. You may want to make more  croûtes.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 6 clove of garlic sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 plum tomatoes peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Chive Oil: In blender, purée chives with oil until smooth. Line sieve with double thickness cheesecloth; strain oil mixture into measuring cup, pressing to extract as much as possible. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and pepper; cook until slightly darkened, about 6 minutes. Add stock and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through fine sieve into clean saucepan. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Reheat over medium-low heat.)

Parmesan Croûtes: Using 2-inch (5 cm) star-shaped cookie cutter, cut 2 stars out of each slice of bread. Arrange on large rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and top evenly with Parmesan cheese. Broil until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely with plastic wrap and store for up to 1 hour.)

Add tomatoes and lemon juice to soup; heat through until steaming. Ladle into bowls. Top each with Parmesan Croûte drizzle soup with Chive Oil.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 503 mg
  • Protein 6 g
  • Calories 168.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Cholesterol 3 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g


  • Iron 9.0
  • Folate 7.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 22.0
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Tomato Broth with Parmesan Croûtes and Chive Oil