Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Hello, and happy Friday!

For this morning’s segment on KCCI, I shared a recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. It’s been drizzly and disgusting around here for the past two days, so I thought it’d be perfect for folks to make this weekend.

This updated version of the classic soup pairing, blends roasted tomatoes with roasted garlic, chicken broth, dried thyme, and red chili pepper flakes which is simmered for just 20 minutes, then scooped into bowls and topped with adorable grilled cheese croutons.

That’s just fancy talk for grilled cheese cut into cubes. ;)

While my brothers happily lapped up the canned and condensed tomato soup of yesteryear, I hated it with a fiery passion. This soup though, is thankfully NOT that soup! It is so delicious and I know you’ll love each roasty, toasty spoonful.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Serves 4

Ingredients:
3lbs Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper (lots)
4 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more or less)
4 cups chicken broth
8 slices ciabatta bread (or other hearty bread – just not sandwich bread)
softened butter
8 slices cheddar cheese (smoked cheddar is great)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray then line with tomato halves, cut side up. Drizzle tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil then season generously with salt and pepper. Wrap garlic cloves in foil with an extra drizzle of olive oil then place alongside tomatoes. Roast for 1 hour, or until tomatoes are golden brown and very tender. Cool slightly.
  2. Unwrap garlic cloves then transfer with tomatoes and their juices into a food processor or blender and pulse until tomatoes reach desired consistency (I like mine more smooth than chunky.)
  3. Pour mixture into a large soup pot then add dried thyme, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. Butter one side of each bread slice, then place cheese slices on half the bread on the non-buttered side. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side out, then cook in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are very crisp and cheese is melted. Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes. Cut sandwiches into cubes then divide amongst bowls of soup.

 

Click here to watch the video segment >

My plan for the rest of the day is to hunker down and get some office organization done (blerg!) then enjoy the weekend, which is supposed to be much nicer than the rainy, blustery weather we’ve been having. I hope you have a fun weekend in the works, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites! :D

Favorite decadence: Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce and Balsamic Drizzle. I MEAN. Loving the fact that each decadent bite is stuffed inside homemade pasta dough, too!

Favorite bling: Kate Spade “Bourgeois Bow” Stud Earrings. I know…it’s a little early for holiday-themed faves, but I couldn’t help myself. These studs are so adorable!

Favorite breakfast: Pumpkin Breakfast Bake with Streusel Topping. If this tastes half as good as it looks, then we’re all in for a treat. :)

Favorite tune: Ho Hey – The Lumineers. I get giddy every time this song comes on the radio. So sweet!

Favorite DIY: Sweet Potato Tator Tots. Homemade SPTT?! Must try!

Favorite dinner: Quinoa Fried Rice. Love finding new ways to prepare quinoa, especially when they’re Asian themed.

Favorite fashion: Lauren Conrad Kohl’s Holiday 2012 Collection, via LaurenConrad.com. I WANT THIS DRESS!!! The cut out on the side of the skirt is too fab. Edited to add: Kohl’s sent me a promo code to get 10% any purchase at Kohls.com on or before 12/29: TENBLOG

Favorite homemade: Honey Beer Bread. Packaged beer bread is one of my favorite things in the world. The slightly sweet batter bread is AMAZING, and I love that I can now make it at home anytime I want.

Favorite flare: Chevron Infinity Scarf. Banana Republic’s 40% off one item email coupons have been the bane of my existence this week. One purse, pair of boots, sunglasses, and a winter coat later – all separate orders, mind you – I am now in need of a new scarf to pair with my new coat! This cute chevron pattern would give it some flare. :)

Edited to add: Enter promo code IOWAGIRLEATS for 10% off anything at One for One Creations’ Etsy Store!

Favorite indulge: Baked Potato Skins Mac & Cheese. ALL. THE. THINGS!

Favorite find: Unzipped Candy Dish. How freaking cute is this candy dish?! It’s a glass dish in the shape of an open plastic bag!

Favorite bite: Chai Spiced Glazed Doughnut Muffins. Two of my very favorite things, in one yummy bite.

Favorite upcycle: Cork Trivet. Perfect way to use up my ever growing mound of wine corks. You can never have too many trivets, imo!

Favorite treat: Sweet & Salty Candy Bar Blondies. The goo factor! I can’t even handle it!

View past Friday Favorites >

Have a great weekend everyone!!

 

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Comments

  1. Lindsay 10.19.2012

    One time I was sick and wanted something to eat that wasn’t too heavy, so I ate some tomato soup from a can. Then I threw it up. To this day the taste of vomit and tomato soup from a can are one in the same to me. How’s that for disgusting?

    I’m sure this recipe tastes nothing like vomit :)

  2. Maria 10.19.2012

    MAN I love your Friday Faves! Thanks so much for this amazing sounding recipe!

  3. Jacqueline 10.19.2012

    I look forward to this post all week!!

  4. Sarah 10.19.2012

    Woah, everything here looks so good! I think I opened up about four of them! I love fall food goodies.

  5. Kelly 10.19.2012

    Thanks for showing me my new fav song :)

  6. Courtney F. 10.19.2012

    You are cute as a button!!
    I’ll take a basket of your croutons…thanks =)))
    The gooey candy blondie thingies…wow!
    Lauren Conrad’s dress is so cute, but I would have NO where to wear it!

  7. OK so I seriously love this post – I look forward to it every Friday :)

  8. Alisha 10.19.2012

    The cork trivet is adorable! Now I know what I can do with the hundreds of wine corks we used for decor at our wedding, haha! And the sweet potato tater tots…no words!

  9. Those Kate Spade Christmas bow earrings have been on my Christmas wish list for TWO YEARS. Haha maybe this year I should just suck it up and buy them myself ;)

  10. Thanks so much for including my blondies!

    That tomato soup looks amazing… and the croutons!!!

  11. Erin 10.19.2012

    Love the Christmas Vacation reference. :)

  12. Aaaah. Pumpkin ravioli!! My mom just let me know that Trader Joe’s has some for this season so I may have to take the easy way out and ask her to send me some! That grilled cheese croutons in that tomato soup looks devine. It makes me feel like I should be wrapped up in a blanket on my couch!!

  13. Love this post! And those grilled cheese croutons are so cute and so genius! We’re supposed to get snow here this weekend, so I’m thinking I should probably get on making this soup, stat!
    PS. Have you listened to the rest of the Lumineers album? I love Ho Hey, but Stubborn Love – SO good. Have a great weekend!

  14. Christine 10.19.2012

    I am loving those Kate Spade studs… I may have to check into those!

    p.s. I got your Christmas Vacation reference in the Pumpkin Bake description.. love that movie!

  15. Liz 10.19.2012

    So many delicious recipes here. Fabulous list (and I think I may need those earrings for an early holiday present…). Thanks!

  16. I always love your Friday Faves!! Those bow earrings are just too much….I have to have those to wear around Christmas. Also, your little grilled cheese croutons are brilliant.

  17. Mandy 10.19.2012

    Um, Lauren Conrad’s holiday collection is blowing my mind! I want every item!

  18. How delicious do those sweet potato tots look!!! Dying over here. I’m lovin sweet potatoes so much right now.

    I have been seeing recipes for quinoa “fried rice” dishes and it’s super intriguing. Must try!

  19. Lauren 10.19.2012

    Kristing!!! You did amazing! I think you need your own FN show next. :)

  20. Jennifer 10.19.2012

    Are you kidding me with those croutons? A-ma-zing!

  21. Rachael 10.19.2012

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I used to be such a tomato soup hater (liquid tomatoes? YUCK) but luckily I’ve realized the error of my childhood tastebuds and am now obsessed. And grilled cheese croutons? Sign me up.

  22. Lainey Stahle 10.19.2012

    My favorite “favorites” yet!! The quinoa fried rice, chevron scarf, potato skin mac and cheese (OMG)……EVERYTHING! Can’t wait for next weeks finds.

  23. ashley@ Life's a Shih Tzu 10.19.2012

    I love your blog! It inspires me to cook more…and I love any type of tomato soup so this sounds perfect the chilly weekend we have ahead.

    I just spent a pretty penny at Banana Republic and J.Crew but everything was on sale so I got more than usual when I shop there. LOVE! Have a great weekend!

  24. You are just rockin’ these cooking videos, such a natural!! The soup with the grilled cheese croutons looks so perfect for cooler weather, love it. And that glittery dress plus the updo, omg lusting after that for the holidays!!! This might be my fave Friday post yet :) (ps my mom told me today that she checks your blog every friday morning for the faves, she loves them too!)

  25. Bek @ Crave 10.19.2012

    THOSE BLONDIES! Drool! That pumpkin ravioli also looks crazy good.

  26. I am LOVING the scarf and that dress. I am a huge fan of Lauren Conrad’s clothes.

    And homemade sweet potato tots?? Amazing!

    Thanks for sharing. You always have the best links! :)

  27. Sarah 10.19.2012

    I loveee this post – and your blog. I just shared every single item with my roommate. I want to make that trivet… tomorrow! I wish I had time..

  28. Wow, everything looks so juicy! Looks like I’m going to have to head over to Kohl’s this weekend!

  29. Cher @ Weddicted 10.20.2012

    I love using quinoa in asian dishes instead of rice. Rice does not keep me full at all!
    And I LOVE those earrings – I must get some for myself for Christmas! ;)

  30. The soup and croutons look amazing!! I can’t wait to try it. And I think the glass candy dish is adorable. Great find!

  31. willow 10.20.2012

    Wonderful round-up! Thank you so much for featuring my pumpkin ravioli. :D

  32. Joanna 10.20.2012

    This looks delicious! love that it’s made from scratch! I’ll be trying it soon! also love that dress

  33. luv what you do 10.21.2012

    This post has so many amazing recipes, I dn’t know where to begin! I have lots of corks and was planning to make a cork board but the trivet is a great idea too!

  34. Carrie 10.22.2012

    LOVE Friday Faves!!! I always find something to eat or buy!! Bought a Scarf of the Etsy site you posted! Can’t wait to wear it!

  35. lauramich 10.22.2012

    A hint on the beer bread: It’s fun to play around with different beers, etc. I especially love using hard cider and need to try it with pumpkin ale. Homemade beer bread is soooo easy!

    I, too, look forward to this feature, and usually end up with a few new bookmarks as a result. ;)

  36. MaryAnne 10.30.2012

    I have always hated canned tomato soup also, but a couple of restaurants have versions I like, so I gave this a try and it was LOOOVVVVEEE at first slurp. So yummy! I confess, I didn’t make the croutons; but it was fabulous on its own, as well as with the addition of either fresh grated Parmesan, or reheated with a few ciliegine-sized balls of fresh mozzarella tossed in. Perfection!

  37. hollie 09.30.2013

    Can’t wait to make this soup!! Do you think it would freeze well? Or could it be canned? I am the lucky recipient of 6 BOXES full of tomatoes and I’m running out of ideas and recipes!

  38. Stephanie Hager 10.29.2013

    Kristin! Can you edit this post so I can save it on my ZipList???!!!! Thats the only way I grocery shop anymore :)

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