Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Is there anything more warm and wonderful than a steaming hot bowl of homemade tomato soup and a crispy gooey grilled cheese sandwich?  That combo belongs in the Lunchtime Hall Of Fame, and the only possible improvement I can think of is to have the grilled cheese sandwich actually floating in the soup so you don’t have to pick between having a spoonful of soup or a bite of sandwich.  You can have BOTH.  Both is good.  Both is delicious!

I realize that I am probably the 1,000,000th person to have this revelation, so if I am telling you something you already know, please ignore me and go back to your bowl of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich croutons.  But on the off-chance that there is anyone else out there who hasn’t had this lightbulb go off in their head, I’m here to tell you that late is definitely better than never.  I’m also here to tell you that tempting as it might be to run for that can of Campbells, homemade tomato soup is SO much better and not that hard.  And crispy gooey grilled cheese croutons deserve really great soup.

So on these chilly days while we are up to our knees in snow…

…make yourself a lunchtime treat of homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons.  I insist!

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Serves: 4-6 servings, can be increased as needed!
  • One 28 ounce can peeled plum tomatoes, pureed with their juice in food processor
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 slices American cheese (you can sub in cheddar or swiss if you like!)
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add red pepper, garlic and onion and cook, stirring, about 6 minutes or until onions are tender.
  3. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Puree in blender until smooth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return to pot and keep warm while you make the sandwiches.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Butter two slices of bread. Put cheese in between slices and cook in skillet until deep golden brown on each side.
  7. Cool slightly, then cut into crouton-sized cubes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and float croutons on top. Serve at once.


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  1. Karen Nelson says

    Happy New Year!
    While California is having the worst drought and no snow:-(
    We still have some chilly days where this soup
    sounds Delish ! No Campbell’s soup here!
    love the take on the croutons.. pure yumminess!

  2. says

    YUM! I make something similar to this with grilled cheese croutons, but it’s the Campbell’s Tomato Soup knockoff. I love how tomatoey (totally a word) your soup looks! And the grilled cheese croutons are awesome. We love them because you get soup and sandwich in every bite.

  3. says

    Try my quicker (New Mexican) version. Sizzle 1 T. masa harina in 1 T butter just till starting to brown. Add 2 or 3 cups tomato juice (or V-8) and a large spoonful of fresh salsa. (Hot or mild—your choice) Bring to simmer. Puree with immersion blender. Simmer till slightly thickened by the masa harina. Taste for salt and pepper.

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