Potato, Zucchini and Tomato Stoup

Aired March 25, 2008

2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
2 small or 1 large zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise then cut into half moons
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock (use vegetable stock to make this meal vegetarian)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced

Heat a deep pot over medium-high heat with the EVOO. Add the onion, garlic, potatoes and zucchini. Cook until softened, about 7-8 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and chicken stock to the pot, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring the soup up to a boil then turn it down to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Taste and re-season.

While the soup is simmering, heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup of cheese in a small mound to the skillet. Repeat with the remaining cheese, making sure to keep each mound at least a half inch apart from the others. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack.

To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with a cheese crisp. Garnish with basil.

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