Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons


Skip the dipping and add crispy grilled cheese croutons right into your soup instead. Don't have a panini press? Make the grilled cheese for the croutons in a skillet or in a waffle maker instead. Opt for San Marzano tomatoes if you can. They have a much richer flavor and they tend to be lower in sodium.

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano

  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, "no-chicken" broth or vegetable broth

  • ¼ cup heavy cream (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 large slices whole-wheat country bread

  • 2 ounces sliced sharp Cheddar cheese (3 slices)

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

  2. Stir in tomatoes (with juice). Add broth and bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Puree the soup in the pot using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in cream, if using, salt and pepper.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat a panini maker.

  5. Spread one side of each slice of bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Turn the slices over and top one with cheese. Top with the other slice, butter-side up.

  6. Cook the sandwich in the panini maker until golden brown and the cheese has melted, 4 to 5 minutes. Cut the sandwich into bite-size pieces.

  7. Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Top each serving with grilled cheese croutons and a sprinkle of basil.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
13g Fat
28g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups soup & 1/4 cup croutons
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Vitamin A 148IU 3%
Vitamin C 28mg 31%
Folate 46mcg 12%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Calcium 236mg 18%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 617mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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