Tomato Cheddar Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Did someone say Grilled Cheese Croutons? Sign us up! Okay, so everybody knows that tomato soup is the world’s number one comfort food, but tomato-cheddar soup with grilled cheese croutons? We are talking over the top deliciousness.
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Tomato soup is great on its own, but with Cabot Creamery cheddar cheese its improved 100%. Top all that with cheddar cheese croutons and it’s enough to give a person a whole new outlook on life, or at the very least, the stamina to make it through to mud season! Follow along and we’ll give you tips on how to lighten things up if you’re so inclined, while still keeping all that melty & delicious Cabot Cheddar goodness.

Step 1: Make the Soup!

So to begin, we have decided that we’ll lighten this soup a bit by using a low sodium vegetable broth and 2% milk rather than half and half, that way we can feel really good when we add all of those extra grilled cheese croutons! You can take this a step further and use Cabot Creamery Light Cheddar, the taste is every bit as good as your favorite Cabot Cheddar and the melting quality will be perfect for the soup or the croutons.

Sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until translucent, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until aromatic, be careful to not brown the garlic. Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, you want to get rid of that raw flour taste.

Tomato Cheddar Soup

Remove the pot from the heat and add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth and milk or half and half. Add the thyme sprigs and return to the heat and bring to a low boil, lower the temp, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. While the soup is simmering, grate the Cabot Cheddar cheese of your choice, we’re using Cabot Vermont Sharp for the soup and Cabot Vermont Extra Sharp for the croutons.

Tomato Cheddar Soup After simmering, remove the thyme sprigs and stir in the grated cheddar in 3 additions, stirring to melt in between.

Blend the soup in batches in a blender or, if you have an emersion blender you can use that instead. The emersion blender is quick and easy, but might not give you the super silky texture that a blender will. It will be incredible either way. (A note of caution, if you are using a standard blender be VERY careful to not overfill and do vent the lid once you begin to blend and all has settled down. Blending hot soups has resulted in many kitchen catastrophes because the steam creates a build-up of pressure and when you remove the lid it can leap out at you making a great mess and/or causing burns… ouch!)

Tomato Cheddar Soup

Return the soup to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and hold on low temp while you make the croutons.


Step 2: Make the Grilled Cheese Croutons

Here is a handy link to the crouton recipe! Grilled Cheese Croutons

Tomato Cheddar Soup

Step 3: Dig in!

This one’s easy, ladle up, top with those crunchy cheesy croutons and dig in! You’ll find this creamy silky smooth tomato soup topped with grilled cheese croutons to be the remedy to all your comfort food needs. Click here for the complete Tomato-Cheddar Soup recipe with all the particulars.

Tomato Cheddar SoupClick here to get the soup recipe.

Click here to get the crouton recipe.

Comments (7)

Donna | February 24, 2018 | 11:56am

What a terrible recipe! it never even listed the ingredients or the amounts!

margaret metsack | October 20, 2020 | 3:41pm

Sign of a good cook–wing it!

daryl Smith | October 20, 2020 | 4:17pm

looks good and can’t wait to try it.

Vikki | October 20, 2020 | 6:17pm

This sounds just delicious. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipes!

Rebecca Levasseur | October 21, 2020 | 8:53am

Supper tonight!

Peg Dumas | September 17, 2021 | 3:26pm

soup sounds really good. Will have to try it in the fall or winter.

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