Alright, I have to confess something here. Once a week (at least) Six and I eat tomato soup with toasted cheese sandwiches for dinner. However, the soup and sandwiches we consume are not this absolutely beautiful easy tomato soup and delightful grilled cheese croutons.
Nope. The tomato soup comes from Trader Joes and the sandwiches are two pieces of bread and two pieces of cheese that are put into something called a toaster bag (brilliant invention that lets you melt cheese onto bread in your toaster without setting fire to your toaster). We usually eat baby carrots and apple slices as side dishes. And that was my weekly grilled cheese and tomato soup meal. It took ten minutes from start to table and it was edible.
This darn tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons recipe has ruined my 10 minute soup and sandwich ritual. This soup takes about 45 minutes of active cooking time, that means time on the stove, not time you are actually doing something. You have to chop onions (which I hate doing), but aside from that there is very little to do to make this pot of goodness. Also, you can make the grilled cheese croutons while the soup is cooking so from start to table this took me an hour. Now, that is 50 minutes longer than my carton o’ soup and toaster bag sandwich. There will be nights when I will only have time for the 10 minute soup and sandwich, but on nights when I have a bit more time I will be dragging out the soup pot and cast iron skillet.
This and that about the recipe:
- If you eat gluten free, leave the orzo out of the soup and you should be okay. Obviously figure out bread for your sandwiches.
- I have made this soup three times in 6 weeks.
- Saffron threads are expensive, I have made the soup once without them and it was still delicious.
- The heavy cream I had in the fridge turned into something that smelled like old socks. I used some 2% milk I had on hand and the soup tasted just fine.
- Six hates the grilled cheese crouton concept. His grilled cheese is served on the side, not cut up and floating in the soup.