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Food: Caprese Soup (Meatless Monday and Feasts Under $5)

April 24, 2012

A few rainy, chilly days have squeezed their way into this unseasonably warm spring. This soup is a good bridge from warm winter coziness to the spring freshness of Caprese salad. Plus, it’s meatless monday friendly, as well as a Feast Under $5.

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated- pantry staple
12 leaves basil, chopped – $1.99
2 tbsp lemon juice – pantry staple
28 oz Diced Tomatoes: $3.00
32 oz Chicken Broth, preferably College Inn White Wine and Herb: $2.49
Ciligene Mozzarella Balls $3.00
1 lb small pasta (ditalini, shells, etc.): $1.99
Salt, to taste
Optional: Grated parmesan
Total Cost for 4 people: $12.47, $3.11 per servings

Over medium heat and in a large pot, simmer tomatoes with basil, lemon juice and garlic until fragrant and bubbling, about  5 minutes. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook pasta, drain. Add to your pot of liquid, and bring soup to the temperature at which you’d like to serve it. Salt to taste. Spoon into bowls, add mozzarella balls as “meatballs.” If desired, top with grated parmesan and more chopped basil. Voila.

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