This pizza soup is like eating your favorite pie in a bowl. To make an insanely fantastic supper, serve it with crusty bread.
I find it surprising that we haven’t thought of this sooner, given our fondness for homemade pizza. Soup made with pizza dough! for the simple reason that nobody would turn down a warm dish filled with all the delicious toppings of a supreme pizza. Pizza sauce, tomatoes, and some Parmesan cheese are used to flavour the soup. Bell peppers, garlic, and mushrooms float about within, creating a flavor explosion with every mouthful. It’s the kind of dish you’ll want to cook again and again, whether you pair it with garlic toast, grilled cheese, or plain old crusty bread. (That’s because we’ve done it previously.)
Pizza soup’s essentials
It seemed inevitable that someone would come up with the idea of making pizza soup. Alex and I have been interested in how artisan-style pizza is made since our honeymoon in Italy many years ago. Ten years of studying pizza dough recipes and consulting pizza experts have culminated in this next-level Margherita pizza. What better way to test one’s abilities than to condense one’s knowledge into a… soup?
When you’re in the mood for pizza, but don’t feel like making it, this soup is the way to go. One mouthful of the soup will have you exclaiming, “That tastes just like pizza!” (Promise. We did.) The following items are required to prepare this delicious and nutritious whole-food dish:
- A condiment used on pizzas
- Diced tomatoes in a can (fire roasted if possible)
- Olive oil, parmesan, and vegetable broth.
- Tofu, bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms
- Chopped fennel bulbs with dried oregano
Choose your preferred pizza sauce or create your own.
This dish gets some of its pizza taste from…pizza sauce! The market is flooded with delicious options for pizza sauce made entirely from natural ingredients. Several things are worth remembering:
- Get a good jar of pizza sauce; preferably organic. There may be too much sugar or preservatives added, so read the label carefully.
- A third option is to cook at home. Similarly, pizza sauce may be prepared at home. Our Quick and Simple Pizza Sauce may be made in a blender in about 5 minutes. Absolutely fantastic.
Tomatoes cooked on fire are more nuanced.
Here’s a pro trick for enhancing the pizza soup’s taste. Make use of canned tomatoes that have been grilled over an open flame! Canned tomatoes that have been roasted over an open flame are called “fire-roasted” tomatoes. Unlike other canned tomatoes, the taste is sweet straight out of the can thanks to a faint charring on the outside.
Several kinds of fire-roasted tomatoes may be found in American supermarkets these days. You may use whatever good quality tomatoes you can get in their place if you can’t get them.
The meaty taste of fennel seeds
Finally, resist the urge to omit the fennel seeds. Fennel is a kind of vegetable that may be utilised either in its raw or dried seed form. They’re probably in the spice section of the supermarket. What is fennel seed so significant? Sausage uses this spice, so it’s no surprise that it evokes thoughts of meat. It imparts an incomparable meaty and flavorful taste to the soup.
Change up your pizza soup by adding some extras to the pot.
Need extra “toppings” for your pizza soup? To make this soup heartier, try adding some protein powder or more veggies. And here are some more suggestions:
- Beans, white (to add plant-based protein)
- Pepperonis, chopped
- Cubed black olives
Any more suggestions for this pizza soup?
Combining Pizza Soup with Other Dishes
The fun part comes after you’ve made the pizza soup and are trying to decide what to pair it with. The meal may be made into something more substantial by adding any number of delicious condiments. It’s wonderful year-round, but it does a fantastic job of warming you up in the autumn and winter. A few suggestions:
- Make your own croutons by following a simple recipe!
- Serve with crusty artisan bread, such as sourdough or no-knead.
- Toast with cheese is always a hit. Mayonnaise, mustard, and oozing cheese combine to create the perfect cheese toast.
- Try either our traditional garlic bread or the even simpler garlic toast.
- If you’re craving grilled cheese, we recommend avocado grilled cheese or, even better, pesto grilled cheese dippers. YUM.
- Optional gluten-free fare: Find some alternatives to bread here.
That which you have here is a pizza soup recipe which is…
Meals are vegetarian and gluten-free.
- There is one red onion.
- Four garlic cloves
- There is one green bell pepper.
- a single red bell pepper
- 2 large portobello mushroom caps
- 2-tablespoons of olive oil
- A Half Teaspoon of Kosher Salt
- Dry Oregano, 1 Tablespoon
- Roasted fennel seeds, one teaspoon
- Jarred pizza sauce, 15 ounces (or Easy Pizza Sauce)
- Can of crushed tomatoes, 28 ounces, fire-roasted
- 4 cups (1 quart) of vegetable stock
- 12 cups grated Parmesan cheese, plus more cheese for topping
- To top it off, a handful of fresh basil leaves (optional)
- In a half-recipe Crunchy bread, garlic bread, toast, or croutons cooked at home (optional)
- Cut the onion into small cubes. Get the garlic minced. Cut the peppers into small cubes. The mushroom caps may be eaten whole or destemmed and chopped.
- Olive oil should be heated over medium heat in a big saucepan or Dutch oven. Put in the sliced vegetables and cook for 4 minutes, or until the onion is transparent. Cook for another 2–3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender, and the garlic, oregano, fennel, and red pepper flakes are aromatic.
- Toss in some pizza sauce, canned tomatoes with their juice, and some veggie broth. Cook at a boil for 10 minutes before reducing the heat to a simmer. Add the cheese, stir, and continue simmering for another 5 minutes. Try it out and season it with more kosher salt if you think it needs it.
- Toss with fresh basil leaves, more Parmesan cheese, and heated croutons before serving (or simply serve with crusty bread or a gluten-free bread substitute).