Tomato Soup With Cheesy Croutons

This creamy, homemade tomato soup recipe is topped with fresh basil and whole wheat cheesy herb breadcrumbs. And it all comes together in less than 35 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights and quick weekend dinners.

If you love easy soup recipes, then you’ve got to try my White Chicken Chili and my Lasagna Soup!

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Why This Soup Recipe Is So Good

I made this creamy tomato soup with whole wheat cheese croutons on one of the many rainy days we had last week. There is something about eating hot soup on a cold rainy day that just tastes so good.

This soup is my take on Panera’s creamy tomato soup. I love they’re soup and the whole wheat multigrain bread that comes alongside it. Even though I love Panera’s making your own homemade soup is so much healthier and is actually easy to make. You never know what additional ingredients are added to your soup that’s why I always feel better making it myself whenever I can.

Now as for the whole-wheat croutons that a bonus. Crunchy, yet chewy at the same time AND soaked in tomato soup! YUMM! About half of the croutons I made got used for the soup the other half I ingested while typing out this recipe. What can I say, they are addicting!

I used whole wheat multigrain bread for my croutons but you can always substitute a whole wheat or regular baguette. If your bread is not as crusty as you would like you can always leave it out on the counter uncovered over night for it to harden up a bit.

Make the soup while the croutons are baking in the oven and you will have dinner ready in no time.

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Key Ingredients

This recipe is twofold — the creamy, velvety tomato soup and the cheesy, crunchy homemade croutons.

For the tomato soup, you’ll need: extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, crushed tomatoes (a 28-ounce can), crushed red pepper flakes, salt, oregano, sugar (to mellow out the acidity of the tomatoes), heavy cream, chiffonaded basil, and water.

And for the croutons, you’ll need: a whole wheat multi-grain baguette cut into medium-sized cubes, extra-virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and minced garlic.w glass bowl filled with homemade Whole Wheat cheesy Croutons | chefsavvy.com

How To Make It

First, make your whole wheat, multi-grain cheesy garlic croutons. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the cubed baguette to a large bowl. Then, drizzle olive oil, and toss in parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic. Place croutons on a baking sheet (spaced apart), and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and set aside until it’s time to serve.

Next, make the homemade tomato soup! Pour the olive oil to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, and cook for one minute until fragrant. Then, add the crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, dried oregano, and sugar. Bring all of that to a slight simmer, and cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Next, stir in the heavy cream and water, and then take the soup off the heat. Serve up into individual bowls, sprinkle with basil, and garnish with croutons. Enjoy!a white bowl filled with a serving of this homemade tomato soup recipe with homemade cheesy croutons and basil | chefsavvy.com

Tips and Variations

  • If you want a finer soup consistency, add the prepared soup to a blender before serving, or use an immersion blender in the pot. Just add the heavy cream after you’ve done this.
  • Change up the tomatoes to create a more rustic texture! You could use some diced tomatoes (canned or fresh) if you like a chunkier soup, along with the crushed tomatoes.
  • Opt for high-quality Italian tomatoes when possible, like San Marzano.
  • Use white or sourdough bread, if preferred.
  • Add some diced white onion before you sauté the garlic for bolder flavor!

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Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze cooled tomato soup in a freezer-safe, airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat thawed soup in a large pot on the stove over medium-low heat until simmering and warmed-through. You can also microwave leftovers for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through.

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Tomato Soup With Cheesy Croutons

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Creamy homemade tomato soup recipe with whole wheat cheese and herb breadcrumbs. Topped with fresh basil. Ready in under 35 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp basil thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp water

Homemade Whole Wheat Cheesy Croutons

  • 4 cups whole wheat multi-grain baguette cut into medium cubes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  • Add olive oil to a medium sauce pan. Over medium heat add in garlic and cook for one minute. Add in crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, dried oregano, and sugar. Bring to a slight simmer and cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently. Stir in heavy cream and water. Take the soup off the heat and add basil. Sprinkle with croutons and serve.
  • Homemade Whole Wheat Cheesy Croutons
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add baguette to a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the bread and toss in parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic. Place croutons on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Tomato Soup With Cheesy Croutons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 472mg21%
Potassium 650mg19%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 20.5mg25%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheesy croutons, soup, tomato

 

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