I’m don’t know that there is a more comforting meal in the world than tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s quick and easy, filling, and cheap. I’ve never cared for tomato soup from a can, it’s always so thin and flavorless. So, when I saw Ina’s version in on the cover of a recent Food Network magazine, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I loved the idea of grilled cheese croutons!

The soup was delicious and filling. I loved the addition of orzo and a little bit of cream. And the saffron, wow – it adds such a depth of flavor. It takes only a few minutes to throw together – in under 30 minutes you have a homemade meal on the table that isn’t condensed crap-ola.

I didn’t have a great selection of cheeses handy when I made these. So, I just kept in old school and used yellow american for the grilled cheese sandwiches, then cut them into cubes for the croutons. Couldn’t be easier, but how good does it look sitting on top of that delicious soup? I have a feeling this is going to be a new staple in our house!


  1. Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    Those croutons look awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    Mmm that looks delicious! I’m craving a big bowl of tomato soup and a nice grilled cheese about now…

  3. Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    I love, love, love the grilled cheese croutons. I had a thought about doing something like that, and now here it is. Looks amazing!

  4. Posted November 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    SPECTACULAR – cannot wait to make!!

  5. Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

    Grilled cheese croutons – GENIUS!

  6. Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    Yum! My girlfriend loves tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side. What a great idea to combine the two!

  7. Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    Laura you are the cutest. love the little croutons – i love mini versions of big-people food! and I cannot eat tomato soup without a grilled cheese – ever!!

  8. Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

    Those grilled cheese croutons are a brilliant idea–so cute!

  9. Posted December 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    What a perfect combo! I’ve never used saffron and I’m curious what flavor they add?

    • Laura
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

      Martha, it’s an earthiness – but with a bite. The recipe would still be fabulous without it, however! It’s expensive, and harder to find. But, it’s good in your spice cabinet for some time. Makes for a fabulous addition to white rice for Indian dishes, adds a gorgeous orange hue to everything.

      • Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

        Thanks! I’ve seen it around but never bought any. I’ll have to pick some up for just the right occasion. Thanks for replying!

  10. Marie Moscato Foxton
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM | Permalink


    The soup recipes look wonderful. Thank you.


  11. Terri
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    Yum, but I wish you would always list nutritional information with recipes.

    • Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

      Sorry, Terri – but cooking, photographing, and then blogging the recipe takes up a lot of time on it’s own. There are lots of great recipe calculators out there that can quickly calculate those numbers for you if you need them!

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