tomato soup & grilled cheese croutons are my fave

December 17, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.

Today for the holiday handmade series, Sarah from Two Blue Lemons is sharing a recipe for delicious comfort food that is perfect for a house full of guests.

tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons

Creamy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons 
from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust

3 tablespoons good olive oil
3 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
Large pinch saffron threads
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 cup orzo (for GF use brown rice)
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used half and half because that’s what I had.)
Grilled cheese croutons

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the stock, tomatoes, saffron, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a medium pot with water, add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for 7 minutes. (It will finish cooking in the soup.) If you want to make this gluten free, cook brown rice 3/4 done and add it in the same way.

Drain the orzo and add it to the soup. Stir in the cream, return the soup to a simmer, and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons
tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons
During the last 10 minutes, make your favorite grilled cheese sandwich. I like hearty wheat bread and a sharp cheddar cheese grilled on a griddle pan using our massive sandwich press.  Simply cut the hot sandwich into 1/2″ cubes to top soup.

Serve hot with Grilled Cheese Croutons scattered on top. You can make the soup ahead and reheat it before serving.

tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons

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  • On December 17, 2012 , The New Diplomats Wife said:


  • On December 17, 2012 , little kitchie said:

    this sounds just about perfect!

  • On December 17, 2012 , MElissa said:

    Oh my goodness……first snow day this is what I am making…wonderful comfort food!!! THANK YOU

  • On December 17, 2012 , Lisa said:

    I have to remember to do this. An easy all in one mug lunch!

  • On December 17, 2012 , Tara said:

    This just might be on my menu for our Christmas party on Sunday night! So cozy.

  • On December 17, 2012 , Casey said:

    Well this sounds amazing!

  • On December 17, 2012 , Sarah @ Two Blue Lemons said:

    Thanks for sharing and I can attest that it is as delicious as it sounds!

  • On December 17, 2012 , Chloe Moon said:

    If I hadn’t just had dinner I would make this right now!! =)


  • On December 18, 2012 , anna - Today I Like Blog said:

    I love the fact that you make you own croutons instead of buying them already prepared! looks delicious 😉

  • On December 21, 2012 , We Love: Comfort & Joy | Jeff Cooper Designs Blog said:

    […] Then, cozy up at home with Barefoot Contessa’s classic comfort food… […]

  • On January 7, 2013 , Emily said:

    This was so great! I featured it on a recent meal plan on my blog, thank you!

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