Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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This past week something really sad happened.

Creamy Tomato Soup topped with crunchy gluten-free grilled cheese croutons. The ultimate comfort food, reminiscent of childhood.

When I was a preteen my dad surprised us all. He had been running errands and called my mom to tell my siblings and I to hurry and finish our chores because he was bringing us home a surprise. We whispered amongst our selves and decided that he must be bringing us a pool since it was summertime. We were surprised and even more excited when he carried a little black
lab mix puppy onto the back porch. We had never had a dog before but had always wanted one. We loved playing with her and named her Atlas.

4 of my sisters and I with Atlas. (2003)

Fast forward 10 1/2 years.
I don’t live with my parents, but my husband and  I live near them and are over at their house several times a week with baby E in tow(my parents love being grandparents!) A week ago we left baby E with her Jaja(what we call my mom instead of grandma) while we went on a date. When I picked E up my mom told me that she was concerned about Atlas. My mom said she was acting weird and she thought that she had a stroke. She had started walking around a bit and seemed to be recovering, but my mom was still concerned.
The following evening my mom sent me a text, telling me that she didn’t think Atlas would make it through the night. The next morning, Sunday, I found out Atlas had died just before 1 a.m.
I went over to my parents and attempted to comfort my sisters as we all stood in a circle and talked about the good memories that we had with Atlas. My sister who is away at school participated via video chat. There wasn’t a dry eye, except for my youngest brother (age 5) who was really somber for a whole 2 minutes before he ran off and started playing in the yard.
When I got home I really needed some comfort food. Something to lift my spirits. When I was a little girl one of my favorite lunches was grilled cheese sandwiches dunked in tomato soup.

Creamy Tomato Soup topped with crunchy gluten-free grilled cheese croutons. The ultimate comfort food, reminiscent of childhood.

That is actually still one of my favorite lunches. A few months ago I saw this soup on the cover of the food network magazine. I loved the idea of making a grilled cheese sandwich into croutons to put in tomato soup.

Inspired by that cover, I have made grilled cheese croutons and tomato soup several times, and that is what I made this past Sunday when I really just needed some comfort food.
My soup and croutons are very different then the recipe that was pictured on the cover, but I like it. Creamy tomato soup is so easy to make, it doesn’t take much more time than opening a can but it is SO much tastier. Grilled cheese croutons could present a problem, since gluten is a no-go around here, but I LOVE Udi’s bread. It is the best store-bought gluten-free bread that I have tried. I almost always have a loaf in the freezer, we use is sparingly because of its cost. This is worth sacrificing a few pieces of bread.

Creamy Tomato Soup topped with crunchy gluten-free grilled cheese croutons. The ultimate comfort food, reminiscent of childhood.

Perfect for warming your heart and soul…or just your stomach on a cold winter day.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Udi’s Grilled Cheese Croutons
by Flippin’ Delicious
Ingredients (Serves 2 Adults (easily double)

For the Soup

  • 1/2 onion, diced (you could use less if you want)
  • 1-2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning OR Basil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. cream
  • 1-2 Tbs. sugar (optional)

For the Grilled Cheese Croutons

  • 4 slices Udi’s White Sandwich Bread
  • 4-8 slices cheese (provolone, cheddar, swiss, whatever you like)
  • Mayonaise or Softened Butter, enough to spread both sides of the bread.
Instructions

For the Soup

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, diced onion, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Saute until the onion is soft and just starts to brown.
Add the crushed tomatoes and simmer 5+ minutes (the longer it simmers the more the flavors will blend but if you are in a hurry and don’t want to wait longer it will still be tasty.) While the soup is simmering, start the grilled cheese croutons.
Add the cream and stir until it just starts to bubble again. Sweeten to taste with sugar, if desired. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with grilled cheese croutons.

For the Grilled Cheese Croutons

Heat a skillet over medium heat while you prepare the grilled cheese. For each sandwich: spread the insides of both slices of Udi’s bread with softened butter or mayo. Add 1-2 slices of your favorite cheese on one slice and top with the other, buttered/mayoed side against the cheese. Spread the top of the sandwich with butter/mayo. Repeat to make remaining sandwich(s).
Place the sandwich in the skilled, buttered/mayoed side down. Butter/mayo the remaining side that is face up.
Once the bottom side is browned and slightly crispy, flip over and cook until the second side is browned and the cheese is melted.
Cool slightly, then cut the sandwich into small cubes.
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Disclaimer: I received products from Udi’s to facilitate my review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced by receiving free products from Udi’s.

Comments

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      That is awesome! My mom didn’t want to be “Grandma” when I my daughter was born. She asked to be called Oma (which is German,) or Jaja(which is Greek- but I know I don’t spell it the Greek way.)

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