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Fennel & tomato soup with basil & haloumi croutons

on 24/03/2010

Yum,...!!!

This is one lovely soup!! I love to top the soup with fried Haloumi pieces instead of croutons. This is very unusual but its taste goes so well with the flavours in the soup. You know by now that I like Haloumi.So, here is the recipe!
This is an adapted Donna Hay recipe. She rocks!
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Recipe: For 4 soup bowls
Ingredients:
1 large fennel bulb, the hard hart in the bottom cut off, cleaned, cut into little long pieces, washed & pad dry on kitchen paper
4 ripe, plum tomatoes, washed & cleaned, cut up into rounds
3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up
1 liter of a good gluten free vegetable stock
1 packet of haloumi, package cut open, liquid removed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cut into 5 thicker slices, cut into cubes, each about 1cm x 1cm thick
a fruity EVOO
about 5 to 6 basil leaves, to top each bowl of soup/ So, about 20 to 24 leaves of fresh basil
Method:
1. In a large cooking pot, add 2 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO & heat up on medium heat.
2. When the oil is hot & sizzling, add the fennel & garlic & fry for about 2 to 5 minutes until softened. Add the tomato pieces & the vegetable stock. Cook for another 6 to 10 minutes or until thickened a bit.
3. Mix the soup for 1/2 or for 3/4.
4. In another non stick pan, heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. When hot, add the chopped haloumi cubes & fry for about 1 to 2 minutes per side or until browned. Adjust the heat if necessary. Drain on kitchen paper & serve immediatly over the soup, about 8 cubes per soup bowl. Scatter about 5 to 6 basil leaves over the top of the soup. Enjoy!!
You will have to eat the soup right away otherwise the haloumi cubes can get rubbery,…
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74 responses to “Fennel & tomato soup with basil & haloumi croutons

  1. love the haloumi crouton idea! Perfect!

  2. Happy Cook says:

    Soup with fennel , that sure has to be so flavourfull.I hav eonly had Haloumi once and I loved them and this soup jus tlooks so so yumm.

  3. Koko says:

    I would have never thought to use haloumi as croutons! What a fabulous idea!!! Soup looks wonderful as always, Sophie!

  4. Claudia says:

    This is indeed one lovely soup – perfect for the mixture of weather that spring brings. Now to figure out if I can make the haloumi croutons – so creative, Sophie.

  5. oooh, I love the halloumi croutons! how cretive!

  6. Sophie, this sounds fabulous. The haloumi croutons must make it. I too really like Donna Hay. She comes up with such creative dishes, including this winner.Sam

  7. What a lovely soup! The haloumi croutons sound like the perfect match for it!

  8. Another great recipe! I'm a fan of haloumi too, and the croutons sound fantastic.

  9. Diana H says:

    Sophie, Great soup idea. I like the fennel in the soup with the cheese.

  10. I've never tried haloumi before. I gotta start searching for one now! Hehehe, your recipe sounds amazing, Sophie. I'm glad you kept it vegetarian as well.

  11. foodcreate says:

    Yummy ! look so good haloumi is my fav.. Have a great day !

  12. Trissa says:

    No Way! Did you just say haloumi croutons? I love the idea.

  13. Je réalise que je n'ai encore jamais cuisiné le haloumi.Tu me donnes envie.Je note ta recette.A bientôt.

  14. Velva says:

    A very nice soup Sophie!!!

  15. Valérie says:

    This sounds delicious: both hearty and healthy! I really, really need to try haloumi!

  16. The combination of fennel and tomato sounds terrific and I love the addition of fried Haloumi!

  17. HUMMMMSO DELICIOUS!! =)I would like to be here!Kisses, have a good day!

  18. Justin says:

    haloumi croutons… genius. i just don't want to know the calorie count on those

  19. Pam says:

    The soup looks and sounds great. It's cold and rainy today, I could use a bowl of this soup.

  20. Barbara says:

    I love fennel, Sophie! And I've never had haloumi, but think it's a cheese, isn't it? You grilled it, which would be wonderful with this soup!

  21. Mary says:

    It is, indeed, a beautiful soup and I'm grateful that you shared it with us. This is my first visit to your blog. I'll be back often. You have some wonderful recipes here.

  22. I like halloumi too and it would be fantastic to have little bites while sipping on soup!

  23. Junglefrog says:

    Being a big fan of Donna hay myself I can only agree! Fried haloumi on top… Now that's interesting

  24. Cathy says:

    What a lovely post, Sophie. Your soup looks delicious and the haloumie croutons are a brilliant addition.

  25. Jan says:

    I love the idea of the haloumi croutons, and the soup sounds delish.

  26. Carolyn Jung says:

    Haloumi croutons? What a brilliant idea. I always seem to put a little cheese in my soups, whether it be a tablespoons of grated Parmesan or shards of gruyere melted on a crostini that floats in the bowl. This is another way I can happily get my cheese fix now.

  27. Debbie says:

    I love fennel Sophie and this sounds so flavorful!

  28. Sophie! Who wants regular croutons when you have Haloumi croutons! Brilliant!

  29. Robyn says:

    Oh wow – that looks so original. I love the idea of haloumi croutons…

  30. Gattina says:

    !Hola Sophie!your choice of ingredients always catchs my attention, always sounds so perfect!como este recete, es muy creativo y saboroso!un beso enorme

  31. How funny! I have haloumi cheese in my fridge as we speak and was thinking of frying it today! Love the idea of using it as croutons! So neat that a cheese that I grew up eating is now so popular!

  32. J'adore le haloumi et le transformer en croûtons est une merveilleuse idée ! BisesHélène

  33. Sophie, I just realize that you're in Brussels .. Maybe you can help me : I will spend a week in Paris, where my mother lives. We are thinking of going for two or three days in Brussels. I don't know this town at all. We won't have, of course, much time to visit but if you have a few nice adresses ( shops, restaurants, museums … and other things "not to miss", it would be wonderful … Nevertheless, don't spend too much time with that and if you don't have any time at all, it doesn't matter …! ;o)) Have a nice week end !Hélène

  34. Gulmohar says:

    comforting lovely soup..so full of flavors. Great recipe Sophie :-)

  35. Thanks for coming by Sophie! Have a great weekend.

  36. That soup looks so delicious and sounds wonderful too. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting my blog. Bon appétit!

  37. Hungry Dog says:

    What an incredible recipe! Fried haloumi! I'm dying. Thank you for posting.

  38. I always have loads of haloumi in the house. I just love the stuff. I never would have thought of adding it to soup.Thank you for taking part in my competition daaaaaaahling. I hope you have an amazing weekend.*kisses* HH

  39. Hehe I love halloumi and you are so clever doing halloumi croutons Sophie! :D

  40. pierre says:

    all these flavours in one dush wouah !! chers from Paris !! Pierre

  41. Joanne says:

    I have heard so many good things about fried halloumi but have never had it. I think this needs to be changed immediately! What a great soup!

  42. elra says:

    Soup and haloumi garnish, what a delicious idea.

  43. Erica says:

    I love soups! I have to try haloumi soon!

  44. Queen B. says:

    i'm coming over for soup!!!!!!! YUM :)

  45. Gloria says:

    Sophie waht lovely tomato soup, look yummy!! gloria

  46. Jo says:

    I think Donna Hay rocks as well. Love her recipes and food photography. And this recipe rocks as well. :P

  47. grace says:

    the soup is lovely, but the croutons? haloumi croutons? how amazing and incredibly delicious they must be!

  48. Michelle says:

    Haloumi? Wonderful! A new cheese to try! Sounds delicious!!

  49. Nancy says:

    This soup sounds wonderful! I love fennel, and was thinking recently I'd like to feature it in a soup…so definitely will be trying this. And the halloumi cubes on top are brilliant!

  50. Ruth says:

    pure geniouse!! Bet those sweet strawberries really worked well with the tangy cheese!!!

  51. Jamie says:

    Fabulous soup recipe! And I often top my soup with feta or cubed cheddar or gruyère. I'd love to try halloumi!

  52. Anna says:

    Halloumi croutons…that's a great idea, salty and crunchy. Loved it!

  53. shanthi says:

    Perfect soup and a great appetizer.Do drop in to my blog when time permits. http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

  54. mangocheeks says:

    Sophie, I don't know how I missed this recipe, but it looks really delicious. Haloumi cheese as croutons what a wonderful Idea.

  55. The haloumi croutons sound fabulous! I will *have* to try them next time I make soup!

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