Creamy Tomato Soup

Eating piping hot, creamy tomato soup can be as soothing as cuddling up under a blanket by the fire. This lightened-up version uses Greek yogurt in place of cream. Top with thick, melty grilled cheese croutons and you’ve got the ultimate comfort meal.

Makes 6 servings


  • 3 (1-inch) slices Italian bread
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 (½-inch) slices Italian bread
  • 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese


For soup, remove crusts from 1-inch bread slices and discard. Tear bread into 1-inch pieces; set aside.

In a large pot heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir in tomatoes and basil. Using a potato masher, mash until tomatoes break down. Stir in brown sugar and bread pieces. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until bread begins to break down.

Transfer cooked mixture in two batches to a blender or food processor; add 1 tablespoon oil to each batch. Cover and blend until smooth. Return soup to pot. Stir in chicken stock. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Stir in yogurt and simmer until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm topped with grilled cheese croutons.

For grilled cheese croutons, heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each ½-inch bread slice. Place two slices, buttered side down, in skillet. Top each with two cheese slices and remaining bread slices, buttered side up. Cook about 2 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Turn sandwiches over; cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until bottoms are golden and cheese melts. (Adjust the heat as necessary to prevent over-browning.) Cool slightly. Cut into 1-inch cubes.

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