I had been really craving tomato soup and grilled cheese. So I searched Pinterest and found a recipe I could make with ingredients I already had at the house. (Here’s the link to the recipe.) I had also seen in other Pinterest posts that people have made grilled cheese croutons. We also happened to have half a loaf of French bread from the day before, so I sliced it and made some grilled cheese croutons, as well as a couple of mini grilled cheese and prosciutto croutons for some extra dunking action.
I first cut up and cooked the bacon.
Once browned a bit, I added the onion and carrot. I was feeling lazy, so I only used about half of a carrot.
Once those were tender, I added in the tomato paste. I let that cook for a few minutes and then added the flour. I didn’t bother measuring – just eyeballed it.
From reading past recipes and experiences, I know that if you don’t cook the flour down, you can sometimes taste it in the final dish. So, I let the flour cook for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes. When I added the tomatoes, I didn’t crush them separately as the recipe indicates. I just poured the can into the pot and crushed a bit with the back of a cooking spoon. The canned San Marzano tomatoes are tender enough that they break up easily. Plus, I knew I was going to be blending it all later. I added the chicken broth and seasonings and let it all simmer for 30 minutes.
After the simmer, I used my immersion blender and blended the soup right in the pot. This was so much easier than trying blend in the food processor in batches!
The grilled cheese was air fried, only because that’s what’s convenient for me. Cook these on the stove or in an oven if that’s what works for you. I used a combination of a vegan cheddar cheese and regular american cheese. I then cut into bite sized pieces. I made two more grilled cheese sandwiches for us to eat and dunk in the soup, with the same cheeses and the addition of a slice of prosciutto. Yum!
All in all, this satisfied the craving. Although, I just have to say, there is still nothing that compared to childhood Campbell’s canned tomato soup. 😉 I would make this again!