Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons is a recipe that’s worth repeating, again and again. I made this recipe about 5 years ago and fell in love.  You’re probably thinking, what’s the big deal, it’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Everyone has been eating that combination since kindergarten. That might be true, but have you ever eaten homemade tomato soup? It’s delicious!

Classic Combo

One of my favorite lunch-time meals, hands down, is a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Making grilled cheese ‘croutons’ is easy. The grilled cheese croutons are really just a grilled cheese sandwich cut into small cubes. Different name (croutons), different shape (cubes) with the same great classic tomato soup and grilled cheese combination. If using canned tomatoes, we like Hunts
tomato soup with grilled

Fresh is Best

When making homemade tomato soup, fresh of course, is always best. When tomatoes are in season (July-Sept) here in Wisconsin, it really isn’t ‘soup’ season. Needless to say I still make a batch of tomato soup using fresh picked tomatoes. I have yet to tackle the job of canning tomatoes, so more times than not, I make fresh tomato soup with store-bought tomatoes. Either way the taste is much better than canned soup.

How to Ripen Store Bought Tomatoes

Here is a little trick to try; set store-bought tomatoes stem end down on a sunny window. After a few days, even up to a week later the tomatoes should have ripen nicely. Some of that ‘store-bought’ taste should now be gone. I’ve even used canned tomatoes with ‘good’ results. Fresh is best but when it’s cold outside and you have a hankering for a bowl of tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons, make do with the store bought kind or canned.
tomato soup with grilled

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Nothing better than this classic combination
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  • 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsely
  • 2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • few dashes bottled hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grilled Cheese Croutons
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 3 oz cheese slices of your choice


  • In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, water, onion, celery, garlic, tomato paste, parsley, bouillon granules, lemon juice, hot sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until celery and onion are tender. Cool slightly, place half of the tomato mixture into a blender, blend well. return mixture back to the saucepan and heat 5 to 10 minutes longer. Serve with grilled cheese croutons.
  • Make grilled cheese croutons. Heat a pan over medium heat.
  • Completely butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place one slice of bread in the pan, buttered side down, sprinkle on the cheese and top with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side up
  • Cook until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Cut the crust from the grilled cheese, cut into 1 inch squares.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 692mg, Potassium: 611mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1420IU, Vitamin C: 20.5mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 1.5mg
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