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Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Weather: rain puddles and two moose in the yard
What I’m listening to: Dancing in the Minefields, Andrew Peterson

This first week of school has brought a distinct chill in the air and some rather heavy rains. It has been perfect soup weather. But, I still wanted to give a couple of final nods to summer with the bright flavors of tomato and basil, especially since I know a great many of my readers are still experiencing sweltering heat and plentiful gardens.

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

One of my kids’ favorite meals is grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup for dipping (and let’s be honest – mom and dad are fans, too). I have long been fond of the combination of tomato soup and cheddar. I knew when I saw this recipe on Foodgawker that it would be my first soup of the season.

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Why had I never thought to incorporate cheddar into the soup itself? It’s genius, really. A perfect match. I was also intrigued by the use of yogurt for creaminess instead of cream. And, I couldn’t forget to add a “grilled cheese” element to the meal (for the kids, of course… wink, wink), so I decided on garlic cheese toasts on homemade french bread. Now that’s mmm, mmm good.

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Cheese Toasts

Yield: 6-8 servings

Tomato Cheddar Soup with Garlic Cheese Toasts

Soup adapted from More Fruit Please

Ingredients

    For the Soup:
  • 2 (28-oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2T olive oil
  • 2c chicken broth
  • 1c plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1c cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2c basil, chopped, loosely packed
  • 2t sugar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For Cheese Toasts:
  • 1 loaf french bread, sliced
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced in half
  • cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

    For the Soup:
  1. To a soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Saute onions until tender, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour in the cans of tomatoes (including juice) and the chicken broth. Stir in the basil, sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in the cheddar and yogurt until combined. Using an immersion blender or standard blender (working in batched, holding down the lid with a kitchen towel to prevent hot soup splatter), blend the soup until smooth.
  4. Garnish with grated cheddar and basil. Serve with garlic cheese toasts.
  5. For Cheese Toasts:
  6. Turn broiler on high. Place bread slices on a sheet pan. Rub french bread slices with the raw end of your garlic. Brush each slice lightly with olive oil. Toast 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Top with grated cheddar. Return to broiler until cheddar is melted and bubbly.

Notes

Can be made vegetarian by subbing vegetable broth for the chicken.

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11 comments
NicoleD
NicoleD

This recipe was great! I tend to use recipes as templates and change things to my taste, but this recipe was great as is. It was perfect for a cool, Fall evening in the mountains. Thanks!

wanda
wanda

Oh wow! This looks delicious! Planning to make it this week! Love your blog!!!!

Hannah Halleck
Hannah Halleck

Hi! I just discovered your website, and I'm very excited about all the delicious things you have here! I've been pinning like crazy! Thank you! I look forward to a little more variety in our menu! Hannah

Cassandra Dray Steinmann
Cassandra Dray Steinmann

Yeah I can't wait until its cooler here! Then I will definitely make this ( and with my mixer that I won!!;))

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

LOL Diane! Yeah we're 40-50 degrees cooler than you are right now. :)

Diane Ussery
Diane Ussery

OK, please repost this again when it's not 100+ outside....looks & sounds delish!!!

Bill McCoy
Bill McCoy

We dearly needed a tomato soup recipe - now if only we could get a little chill in the air to make us feel like making soup!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Welcome, Hannah! I'm so glad you found me. Happy cooking (and pinning). :)

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