​Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons Is Ready in 30 Minutes by Chef Gigi Gaggero

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4 months ago
​Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons Is Ready in 30 Minutes

Creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese is a classic combination. But turn that grilled cheese into "croutons," and you've made tomato soup magic. Serve with a salad for a complete meal. 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped in 1/2- inch pieces
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf Italian parsley leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) peeled and chopped organic tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, plain Greek yogurt or your favorite nut milk
  • 10 - 12 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Grilled Cheese Croutons

  • 8 slices of your favorite bread, crusts removed
  • 8 - 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 slices sharp Cheddar cheese

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a heavy stockpot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté for 3 - 5 minutes until onions are beginning to turn golden brown and caramelized.
  2. Add the garlic, oregano and parsley. Cook an additional 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juice and the chicken stock. Bring to a low simmer. Cook uncovered, for 12 -15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add fresh basil.
  4. Puree soup with an immersion blender or carefully in a regular blender. Return to pot. Add cream and more salt and pepper, if needed. Heat through (do not boil).
  5. While soup is cooking, make grilled cheese with bread, butter and cheese. Cut into "croutons."
  6. Serve soup piping hot garnished with grilled cheese croutons.

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
OMG, you are speaking my language: Comfort Food! Love this recipe, Chef Gigi Gaggero . Thank you for the yumminess! :-)
Tiffany Zook
Love the grilled cheese croutons idea...
Meredith Schneider
Mmmmmm Chef Gigi Gaggero ! That's a classic comfort food combination! Yes please!

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