One of our favorite places to lurk for news stories and generally get our relaxation on is our local barbershop -- and we now have them to thank for this PIZZA SOUP idea.
On a recent hair fade session, Geoff Kutnick took to his favorite chair at the El Catrin Barbershop just moments before lunch time. His badass lady barber Capri was spittin' the usual tongue-fire amidst her barber colleagues about their looming lunch plans.
"Pizza?" Ace asked, a fellow barber a few chairs down. "Pizza's always good?"
Pizza wasn't always good, as Capri jabbed back with a craving for soup. In unison, as if a collective lightbulb had gone off in the heads of all the barbers in the shop, they all blurted in unison: "PIZZA SOUP"
And that was it -- Geoff trotted back to the office, came straight to my desk and let me know, "We have our recipe for dinner tonight."
Later that night, Geoff adapted this homemade tomato soup recipe, and imagined it served like you would a French Onion Soup. The result was magical. Here's the video recipe:
The bacon is fried up in a large soup pot, then carrots, onions and garlic go into the pan for another 5 - 10 minutes. Then tomato paste gets stirred in and flour for thickening. Once all that is set, we moved everything to a big pot, poured in some tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, a bay leaf and more tomatoes and let them simmer for 25-ish minutes. We added cream to thicken it.
Once the soup was ready, we put them in individual french onion soup bowls, topped them with an excessive amount of mozzarella (pizza) and gruyere cheese (need that stringy-ness baby!), pepperoni (you could put whatever topping you want) and then threw it under the broiler in the oven.
The result was magical. Thank you for the fever dream El Catrin. Never underestimate the genius just wafting around your local barbershop: