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Slow-Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Slow-Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6
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From now on, we’re turning all of our grilled cheese sandwiches into croutons for this creamy, hearty and ultra-easy tomato soup.

Ingredients

Soup

2
cans (28 oz each) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2
cups vegetable broth
1
medium onion, finely diced
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
cup heavy whipping cream
1/3
cup fresh basil, finely chopped

Croutons

4
slices Italian or homestyle white bread
2
tablespoons butter, softened
4
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4
oz Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

Directions

  • 1 Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 hours or Low heat setting 6 hours.
  • 2 Add whipping cream. Cover; cook about 15 minutes or until hot. Stir in basil.
  • 3 Meanwhile, spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese on top of buttered side of each slice. Press gently to adhere cheese to bread.
  • 4 Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Place 2 slices bread, buttered side down, in skillet and top each with half of the Cheddar cheese. Place remaining 2 slices of bread, buttered side up, on top of cheese. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes; cut each into 1-inch cubes. Serve with soup.
Tips  

If you like your tomato soup smooth and want to blend it, just let the soup cool 15 minutes before blending. Fill blender one-third to half full of tomato mixture. Remove or loosen center cap from lid of blender. Cover lid with folded dish cloth, and hold it down when blending. Puree until smooth.

If you like your soup slightly sweeter than this more “grown-up” version, just add another tablespoon or two of sugar until you get to the desired level of sweetness.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
220
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
37%
(
Saturated Fat
15g
73%
,
Trans Fat
1g
)
Cholesterol
75mg
26%
Sodium
1180mg
49%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
(
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
,
Sugars
17g
)
Protein
10g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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