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.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell.com, August 2018

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Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meanwhile, preheat a panini maker.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Tips

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

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 27.5g 9% DV; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 8g; fat 13.2g 20% DV; saturated fat 6.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 29.3mg 10% DV; vitamin a iu 148.4IU 3% DV; vitamin c 27.8mg 46% DV; folate 46mcg 12% DV; calcium 235.8mg 24% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 31mg 11% DV; potassium 616.6mg 17% DV; sodium 429.9mg 17% DV; thiamin 1.3mg 125% DV.
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2018
This was excellent. The soup was so easy and tasty. i added the cream at the end but next time I'll try it without cream. Read More
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