This Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Toasts recipe is like a hand-me-down, family blanket – old school but the ultimate in comfort. I pulled this Tomato Soup recipe out of Keys To The Kitchen to share it with you because it’s a total gem but also a bit unexpected, as in it combines tomatoes, orange juice, and cinnamon for this comforting yet new take on Tomato Soup. Sure,the cinnamon and orange juice could be optional but it’s one of the most popular recipes from my book for a reason so give it a go at least once. Who knows? It just might become your comfort blanket of soups!
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Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add onion and salt and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and juices, 1 cup water, and orange juice, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low, cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors are melded and slightly reduced, about 20 to 25 minutes. Process in a food processor in batches until smooth and aerated, about 2 minutes per batch. Return puree to the saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Add sherry and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
Meanwhile, set oven to broil and arrange rack in the top. Alternatively, use a toaster oven. Toast one side of the bread for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then remove from the oven and flip over. Top each bread slice with 2 cheese slices and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 1 minute. Ladle the soup into bowls, and serve with 2 cheese croutons for each serving.
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp