What could be better than creamy tomato soup? Creamy tomato soup served with crispy bacon and smoked gouda croutons.
I would have to say that soups are one of my favorite things to cook. I love being able to combine flavors and textures, creating a good comfort food that can warm the body as well as the soul. Jackie loves the fall season as well. A good bowl of soup, a warm sweater, and a cool autumn breeze is a picture perfect moment for her. She enjoys helping to brainstorm ideas for comforting fall soups, and this is no exception.
Tomato flavors have been calling my name, but in true superman cooks fashion, we had to find a way to make this soup a little more unique. Cream of Tomato Soup with grilled cheese is a classic combination. We decided to create a gourmet “grilled cheese” crouton with smoked Gouda and bacon and add it directly to the soup, combining our favorite flavors and taking simple tomato soup to the next level.
The smokiness of the bacon and the nuttiness of the smoked Gouda tastes great, adding a complex texture to the creamy soup. This recipe is ideal for the novice cook, as it is super simple and very forgiving. Yet the result is packed with flavor, giving anyone the courage to take on more complex recipes. So if you happen to have an abundance of tomatoes and need a quick meal idea, be sure to give this one a try. You will not be disappointed.
Creamy Tomato Soup and Bacon-Gouda CroutonsSuperman Cooks
FOR THE SOUP:
- 10-12 roma tomatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4-6 basil leaves
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
- ½ C -1 C heavy cream
- 1 tsp chicken base
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
FOR THE CROUTONS:
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- Preheat oven to 400°
- Cut tomatoes into 2" pieces and place on baking sheet.
- Add rough chopped onions and garlic.
- Sprinkle with olive oil, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning and black pepper.
- Place in oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, until tomatoes and are soft and onions are translucent.
- Transfer to a medium sauce pan and add basil leaves, chicken base and 1 C water.
- Grind until smooth using a stick (emulsion) blender.
- Add heavy cream and stir. Use as much cream as you like to reach desired consistency.
TO MAKE CROUTONS:
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