Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Creamless Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

I don't know where my love of tomato soup originates. Unlike a lot of my favorite foods (meatballs, pasta, roast chicken) my mother didn't really make tomato soup when I was a child. Occasionally she would make veggie soups with tomato bases, but never the traditional cream of tomato soup from the iconic can - you know the one.


It must be something that I ate at a friends house when I was older, or something I discovered on my own - but by the time I was in college, tomato soup and grilled cheese was on regular rotation in my dinner menus.


Then I got a little older, a little wiser? and decided that condensed soup from a can probably wasn't the best thing I could be eating. I'd occasionally splurge on some whole foods organic type, but I've always wanted to try my hand at a homemade tomato soup.


I love a tomato soup that is lightened just a little with cream - but recently I've had a little, ahem, issue with dairy like milk and cream (thankfully cheddar cheese is A-Ok) so I went with a creamless recipe.  Lest you think I made my soup creamless due to calorie concerns, please note the delicious gruyere and cheddar grilled cheese that accompanies my little crock of soup. It was griddled in a cast iron skillet in some butter. So there.


The bread was homemade too. So, the only way this could be more of a slow food experience is if I had grown the tomatoes and made my own cheese. The recipe for the soup can be found here. It is from Cooks Illustrated, so the directions are clearer and more concise than I could have given you. I recommend you give it a try if you're a fan of that iconic can.


And I assure you if you make this - you won't be able to resist a dunk!

14 comments:

  1. this recipe is calling. my. name. especially as I am trying to give up dairy, cold turkey!

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  2. I've never really gotten into creamy tomato soup because my mother never made it (although she did make tomato-based vegetable soup too). This looks absolutely fantastic though!

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  3. Still looks deliciously creamy despite the lack of dairy. And that grilled cheese sandwich is killer!

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  4. I think I started liking tomato soup because of the grilled cheese that come with it hehehe. Gruyere and cheddar - yum!

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  5. Grilled cheese and soup is such a great comfort meal. This looks delicious!

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  6. I didn't grow up with tomato soup and grilled cheese either, in fact I only recently started liking cheese, but it's still a go-to comfort food for me. Another way to make a creamy tasting soup without cream is to use arborio rice. I've made a great creamy carrot soup that starts sort of like risotto. I'd rather save those creamy calories for something that includes chocolate!

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  7. This combination is one of my favorites ever. I didn't grow up with it either. The first time I had it was at camp and of course everything was way processed and came from a can and tasted gross. Luckily I got to experience the good stuff some time later.

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  8. Homemade bread too? You are amazing!

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  9. That seriously looks irresistable! I love how goeoey the cheese is.

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  10. Yum! I'd totally trust an America's Test Kitchen recipe... Especially if it's getting your endorsement :) The soup AND grilled cheese looks incredible!

    Sues

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  11. I was just enjoying a wonderful tomato soup the other day and lamenting that I've never tried to make it at home. "It can't be that hard," I thought. Now I have a wonderful reason to try!

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  12. I've made this soup a few times and it is so good! In fact, I might have to make it again someday soon.

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  13. Alicia! I have been having dairy issues too, so this would be great. Did you use the ATK recipe where they sub in bread for cream?

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