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Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

If you love tomato soup then you'll love this version created by Chef George Duran and inspired by Hunt’s and Kraft’s tomato soup recipe. It's topped with crunchy, cheesy, grilled cheese croutons.

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Ingredients

For the Soup

  • ¼ Cup canola oil
  • 1½ Cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 4 Cups water
  • 33½ Ounces tomato sauce
  • 12 Ounces tomato paste
  • 12 Ounces evaporated milk

For the Croutons

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices whole-grain bread
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • ⅔ Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

For the Soup

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

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

Remove the soup from the heat. Carefully blend the mixture in the saucepan with a handheld immersion blender, until smooth. Stir in the milk and keep warm.

For the Croutons

Buttering one side of each piece of bread. Lay a piece of cheese on 4 of the pieces of bread and top each with a remaining slice of buttered bread to make a sandwich (buttered side out). Cook the sandwiches in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are very crisp and the cheese is melted. Remove the sandwiches from the heat and let them rest for 2 minutes. Trim the top crust and cut the sandwiches into cubes. Place one cubed sandwich into each bowl of soup. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving418
Total Fat25g38%
Sugar17gN/A
Saturated11g54%
Cholesterol48mg16%
Protein17g35%
Carbs35g12%
Vitamin A191µg21%
Vitamin B120.3µg5.3%
Vitamin B60.4mg19.2%
Vitamin C21mg36%
Vitamin D1µgN/A
Vitamin E5mg26%
Vitamin K15µg19%
Calcium395mg40%
Fiber6g25%
Folate (food)52µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)52µg13%
Iron3mg19%
Magnesium82mg20%
Monounsaturated9gN/A
Niacin (B3)4mg19%
Phosphorus366mg52%
Polyunsaturated3gN/A
Potassium1054mg30%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg24.7%
Sodium1283mg53%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg12.1%
Trans0.4gN/A
Zinc2mg15%