Roasted Tomato Sausage Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. A creamy spicy soup with crunchy savory grilled cheese croutons. Perfect for a cool fall or winter afternoon.
When I saw this idea for grilled cheese croutons on Pinterest I just couldn’t resist making it. I have been working towards making a tomato soup that Kevin enjoys our whole marriage and finally achieved something worthy to share. Kevin and I share a very split opinion on tomato soup.
Me? I could probably live a substantial amount of time quite happily just eating tomato soup and grilled cheese.
It’s almost a punishment to Kevin. His primary complaint is that there is nothing in tomato soup….that its boring and unpalatable in its smooth emptiness. So I make creamy smooth soups for myself occasionally when he’s not around and otherwise attempt to fill our tomato soups with lots of chunks.
This one is a beautiful meld of summer tomatoes, fresh basil, thyme, oregano and sage, and spicy sausage. The tomatoes and onion are roasted to really concentrate all the wonderful depth of flavor that they have.
The sausage adds that thin layer of fat to the equation and as you stir through you can see the spicy oil suspended in the broth. Pair all that with the crunch of sage-covered grilled cheese in each bite and you have a perfect grown-up version of this classic combo.
- 1 large cookie sheet filled with tomatoes sliced in half (approximately 7-10 tomatoes depending on size)
- 2 small onions
- 1-2 jalapenos, to taste
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup total, fresh basil oregano and thyme (if using dried, 1/2 tablespoon each)
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 bratwursts or spicy sausages
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 4 slices bread
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage (optional)
- 8 slices cheddar cheese
Slightly modified from Family Fun's recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 886mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 12g