My friend Frank Newbold told me he’d been served tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons on top and I thought, “OMG what a great idea!” This tomato soup is spiced with saffron, which has enough flavor to stand up to the Gruyère in the croutons. Nursery food updated—how bad could that be?–Ina Garten
LC Easy Peasy Soup Note
Ina Garten dubs this recipe “Easy Tomato Soup” and it’s no lie. It comes together from scratch with barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s—and we don’t think we need to tell you it’s worth that teensy extra investment of work.
Tomato Soup Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 45 M
- Serves 4 to 6
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups (2 onions) chopped yellow onions
- 1 tablespoon (3 cloves) minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
- One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
- Large pinch saffron threads
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup orzo, uncooked (optional)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Grilled Cheese Croutons
- 1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes and their juices, saffron, 1 tablespoon salt, and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes.
- 2. If using the orzo, fill a medium pot with water, add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for 7 minutes, until almost but not quite completely al dente. Drain the orzo and add it to the soup.
- 3. Stir the cream into the soup, return it to a gentle simmer, and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently. (You can refrigerate the soup and gently reheat it before serving.)
- 4. Serve the soup hot with the grilled cheese croutons scattered on top.
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Jan 02, 2013
In my family, this is always how we serve our grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. There’s really nothing better than a bite-sized piece of perfectly grilled sandwich soaked through with tomato soup. I’ve never made my own soup, but that’s all changed now. The flavor of the soup is fantastic. It’s rich, tomatoey, and a little bit sweet from those lovely golden brown onions. I knocked the tablespoon of salt down to 2 teaspoons since I’m a bit sensitive to sodium. I wasn’t thrilled with the texture though. Since the sandwich soaks up quite a bit of the liquid part of the soup, the solid parts in the soup are kind of left behind in an oniony/orzo-y slurry. Maybe a buzz from an immersion blender would do the soup some good for the chunky texture-averse, like my husband. Oh, one more thing: I don’t have a panini grill. I made the sandwiches on my ancient griddle and they were just fine.
Tomato Soup Recipe © 2012 Ina Garten. Photo © 2012 Quentin Bacon. All rights reserved.