Cream of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Chatelaine has put out a challenge to make a Tomato soup.  I’ve had some VERY good homemade Tomato soups in my life.  All of these were enjoyed at cozy restaurants.  It has usually been accompanied by a great grilled cheese.  I am a big fan of this combo.  I have always wanted to give it a try myself.  Today is my day.

I found this great sounding recipe on the Food Network website.  With one small change to the recipe (I removed the carrots and added Grilled Cheese Croutons), I was ready to go.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions 
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
4 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped (5 large)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves
3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are very tender.

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Process the soup through a food mill into a bowl, discarding only the dry pulp that’s left. I don’t have a food mill so I used a fine metal strainer, with a rubber spatula.  Reheat the soup over low heat, add the cream and serve with croutons.  Instead of croutons, I cooked up some grilled cheese sandwiches, and cut them into cubes.  This made an interesting twist on the soup and sandwich combo.

Now.  I can tell you that I was really looking forward to this soup.  It was ok.  Next time I will hold the basil.  I thought it was too strong of a taste.  It took away from the fresh tomato taste.

I will do another tomato soup…I’ve promised Maiu an amazing tomato soup.  I will deliver an incredible tomato soup to her…one day.

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