White Bean Soup with Cheese Croutons

I make this dish a lot, more so in the fall and winter time to take the chill off the brisk outside air. Very tasty with morsels of cheese crouton.
Serves 6
Course Starter
Skill Intermediate
White Bean Soup with Cheese Croutons
White Bean Soup with Cheese Croutons
White Bean Soup with Cheese Croutons

Soup Method:

Step 1
In a medium sized stockpot over medium high heat, sweat the vegetables except for the tomatoes and basil in the olive oil.
Step 2
Add the flour, and then cook for about 3 minutes.
Step 3
Add the chicken stock, as you stir constantly to avoid lumps.
Step 4
Bring the soup to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Step 5
Add the beans, basil, and tomato and simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 6
Serve hot with a drizzle of good olive oil and cheese croutons.

Cheese Crouton Method:

Step 1
Place the baguette slices onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with the cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Bake in a 325 degree oven until the bread is dry, crisp, and golden on the edges. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2
Once golden and crisp remove from the oven, allow cooling.