Creamy Tomato Soup with Low-Fat Grilled Cheese Croutons

You thought you couldn’t possibly get your tomato soup fix without some grilled cheese? Think again!
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George Duran

You thought you couldn’t possibly get your tomato soup fix without some grilled cheese? Think again! The part-skim cheese and non-stick spray assure a lower calorie count but still pack these croutons with the same expected flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1/4  Cup  canola oil
  • 1 1/2  Cup  yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2  Cup  carrot, chopped
  • 2  Tablespoons  garlic, finely chopped
  • 4  Cups  water
  • carton (thirty-three and a half ounces) tomato sauce, such as Hunt's® Tomato Sauce
  • cans (six ounces each) tomato paste, such as Hunt's® Tomato Paste
  • can (twelve-ounce) low fat evaporated milk
  • 2/3  Cups  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • slices of whole grain bread
  • slices of part-skim Cheddar cheese slices

Directions

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more or until fragrant.

Add water, tomato sauce, and tomato paste to saucepan; stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.

Remove soup from heat. Carefully blend mixture in saucepan with hand-held immersion blender until smooth. Stir in milk and keep warm aside. 

Make grilled cheese croutons by spraying non-stick spray on one side of each bread slice, then place cheese slices on half the bread on the non-buttered side. Top with remaining bread slices, sprayed side out, then cook in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are very crisp and cheese is melted. Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes. Trim top crust and cut into cubes. Place one cubed sandwich into each bowl of warm creamy tomato soup. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and serve.

 

Tomato Soup Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Tomato Soup Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Tomato Soup Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.