They say it's our storm of the season.
I say it's time for some more soup.
Today's soups is a comforting old stand by; tomato soup. What makes this so special? The fact that it's quick and easy, easy to make. Plus it tastes like it's been slow cooked. PLUS, it's topped with grilled cheese croutons! You know that tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches go hand in hand. So my spin on this combination was to make croutons to give that cheesy flavor but keep light in calories.
This soup takes about 40 minutes with prep time. Quick enough to make on a weeknight. Simple enough to make for lunch on the weekend! I'm sure you could also put this in a slow cooker and allow it to meld together for about 4-5 hours, but it's not necessary. The flavor is that good. It's one of my go to soups when you want something hot, satisfying and good enough to comfort you during this season's "storm"!
Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
8 Servings - - Time: 30 minutes
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
2 T butter
1/2 c red onion, small dice
2 minced garlic cloves
6 tablespoons flour
6 c low-sodium chicken broth
2 slices of Italian bread
2 slices of American Cheese
1 T butter, softened
Place tomatoes with their juices in a blender. Blend until smooth. In a large saucepan, heat 2 T of butter over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan and cook about 6 minutes until tender. Add garlic; cook another minute longer.
Sprinkle flour over the onions. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add broth, whisking to incorporate. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Take the bread slices and top one slice with 2 slices of cheese. Top with other bread slice. Spread softened butter on the outer sides of the sandwiches. Place in heated skillet and cover, cooking for about 1-2 minutes or until well toasted. Flip sandwich over and cover and cook another 1-2 minutes until well toasted and cheese is melted. Remove from skillet to a cutting board. Allow to sit a few minutes to cool and so that cheese sets. Cut into 1” cubes.
Serve soup in bowls topped with several grilled cheese croutons.