French Garden Soup with Cheese Croutons

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Makes:
6 servings
Yields:
6 main dish servings or 12 appetizer servings
Prep:
25 mins
Cook:
36 mins to 37 mins
Broil:
2 mins to 3 mins
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French Garden Soup with Cheese Croutons

Ingredients
2
tablespoons butter
1
small fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and finely chopped
1
cup pearl onions, peeled and halved
1
cup baby green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1
cup baby or small carrots, trimmed and thinly sliced
3
cups homemade vegetable broth or two 14.5-ounce cans vegetable or chicken broth
1
14 1/2 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1
cup dry white wine, homemade vegetable broth, or canned vegetable or chicken broth
2
teaspoons herbes de Provence, crushed
1
cup shelled peas or frozen peas
 
Salt and ground black pepper
4
ounces firm feta or Halloumi cheese (not crumbled)
1
egg white
2
tablespoons water
1
tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2
cup fine dry bread crumbs
 
Nonstick olive oil cooking spray

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. Add fennel and pearl onions; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until fragrant and translucent. Add green beans and carrots; cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth, undrained tomatoes, wine, and herbes de Provence. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes. Add peas and simmer about 5 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, for croutons, preheat broiler. Cut cheese into 1/2-inch pieces. In a shallow dish whisk together egg white, water, and mustard. Place bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Dip cheese pieces in egg white mixture coating all sides. Toss cheese with bread crumbs until coated on all sides. Place coated cheese pieces on a baking sheet. Lightly coat croutons with cooking spray. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or just until coating is crisp and golden but cheese is not melted.
  3. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Top with croutons.

Nutrition Facts

(French Garden Soup with Cheese Croutons)
    Per serving:
  • 241 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 27 mg chol.,
  • 1014 mg sodium,
  • 27 g carb.,
  • 5 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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