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Tomato Basil Soup With Cheesy Bread

Tomato Basil Soup with Cheesy Bread. So easy to make in under 30 minutes and delicious.

This soup comes out of a love for Tomato Basil Soup and Cheesy Bread. 
Sometimes I just need a quick healthy weeknight meal and this is it! 
I love Tomato Basil Soup but my kids have a strong dislike for grilled cheese well 2 out of 3 kids. 
This happened thanks to my Dad.
 He had babysat the kids a few years back while we went out of town and his specialty is Grilled Cheese. When I say specialty I mean they went through a lot of cheese, like 2 2lb blocks of cheese with in 5 days.
Yes I meant a lot of cheese..
At least my kids were fed well even if they did have to consume a lot of high fiber food upon my arrival home..
I won't go into details I think you get the idea..
This however hasn't hindered their love of Cheesy Bread..
That is the story of how Tomato Basil Soup With Cheesy Bread was born.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add onion. Saute onion until softened and add garlic.
Add 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes dependent on how spicy you like your tomato soup and rosemary.
Add tomatoes, chicken or vegetable stock and honey. Mix until thoroughly combined, bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Season soup to taste with sea salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and cool 5-10 minutes, if using a blender to puree.
If you have an emulsion blender you can puree soup in the pot but if your like me you will need to use your stand blender. Only fill the blender 1/3 full of hot soup and work in small batches. Hold the lid down tight with a kitchen towel and pulse soup to keep lid from exploding off of blender. The steam from the soup expands and pushes the lid off, that is why working in very small batches is best. 
Repeat with remaining soup until all soup is pureed and return soup to pot over low heat, until warm.
Slice 1 baguette and top with cheese mixture.  
Pop these bad babies into a 450 degree oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden.
I like to check my cheesy bread at about the 3 minute mark to make sure it's not burning.
Stir in 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil.
Tomato Basil Soup with Cheesy Bread
Serve soup topped with cheesy bread or on the side for dipping! 

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Tomato Basil Soup With Cheesy Bread

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Tomato Basil Soup with Cheesy Bread recipe.
Prep time: PT10M
Cook time: PT20M
Total time: PT30M
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 whole Onion, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1-2 pinches Red Pepper Flakes, Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary
  • 3 (28 ounce) Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Chicken Or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt Or To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper Or To Taste
  • 1 whole Baguette, Sliced
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil, Chopped
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add onion. Saute onion until softened. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and rosemary.
  3. Add canned tomatoes with juice, stock and honey. Bring to a simmer reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Season soup to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  5. If using an emulsion blender blend soup in pot until smooth. If using a stand mixer remove soup from heat to allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Blend soup in blender 1/4-1/3 full and work in small batches. Hold lid on blender tight using a kitchen towel. If blender is too full the hot soup will expand and force the lid off causing a mess. Pulse blender until soup is smooth. Repeat with remaining soup until all soup is pureed and return soup to pan over low heat until warm.
  6. Remove soup from heat and stir in basil.
  7. Place sliced baguette on cookie sheet. Spread mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese evenly over baguette.
  8. Place baguette in preheated oven and bake for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and light brown.
  9. Place soup in bowls and top with cheesy bread or serve bread on the side for dipping.


  1. So delicious and the bread looks fabulous!

  2. I have been wanting to make my own tomato soup from scratch. I'm going to try this. Thanks, Serena!!

  3. I love tomato soup! That bread is a great idea!
    Since you cook all that delicious food, does your hubby do the dishes? :)

  4. Lol, so they got overloaded on grilled cheese and now aren't fans? Funny. I like how the cheesy bread acts as a giant crouton and you can never go wrong with tomato soup!



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