Creamy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons
 
 
Warming comforting soup for braving this cold weather. Classic creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons! Dinner at it's best.
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 cups chopped red onion (around 1 medium-large onion)
  • ¾ cups chopped carrot (around 2 carrots)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes ( around 5 fresh tomatoes)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • ½ bouillon cube ( If not using bouillon cube, replace water with vegetable broth)
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½-1 tsp hot paprika (I used picante hot paprika but you can use any kind or omit it if you don't want any heat)
  • ½-1 tsp basil powder
  • ¼ cups fat free half & half (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp sugar or as per taste (optional)
  • Bread slices ( If going for gluten free version, make sure they are GF)
  • Your favorite Cheese slices (Vegans and DF get the desired vegan / DF cheese)
  • Little olive oil for cooking
Instructions
Creamy Tomato Soup
  1. In a pot, add olive oil. Once hot, add onions and carrots. Saute for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add tomato paste and using back of your spatula or spoon stir it around so it it gets distributed and cooked. Add fresh tomatoes along with salt, pepper, paprika, basil, water -bouillon cube or broth whichever using. Stir it all around and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for good 25-45 minutes at medium heat. Add more water if it starts to get really dry.
  2. Turn off the heat and once little less hot, transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer it to the pot again. Add little fat free half & half (if using) along with some water to get desired consistency. Adjust spices and warm up. Serve with grilled cheese croutons.
Grilled Cheese Croutons
  1. Heat up a skillet with little olive oil. Add the bread slices to it. Cook for few minutes and flip. Now add cheese and cover each slice with the other bread slice. Cook until cheese gets all melted. Cut in cubes and serve with hot creamy tomato soup!
Notes
You can make soup in advance and just before serving, make these grilled cheese croutons!
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at http://www.naivecookcooks.com/creamy-tomato-soup-with-grilled-cheese-croutons/