Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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A meal in a matter of minutes, this tastes like your grandmother’s tomato soup with just two ingredients. We've added a fun twist on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo with the croutons, allowing you to turn an everyday favorite into a fun filled appetizer.

Serves 4

Soup Ingredients:
1 jar Classic Vodka Sauce
1 ½ cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
¼ cup heavy cream (optional but advised)

Pour the contents of the jar of vodka sauce into a saucepan. Add most of the stock, keeping a little back to pour into the jar to make sure you get every last drop of yummy vodka flavor. Simmer on a low heat until piping hot, about 3-5 minutes. Add cream at the last minute.

Grilled Cheese:
4 slices of bread, we used sourdough
2 tablespoons softened butter
4 slices cheddar cheese

Butter 2 slices of bread and place butter side down on a heated nonstick pan. Place 2 slices of cheese on each slice of bread. Top each with the remaining bread and spread butter on the top. After 2-3 minutes, when the underside is nicely browned, flip both and leave for a further 2 minutes until cheese is melted.  Transfer to a board and cut into 1” squares, removing any hard crusts.

Divide the soup between 4 bowls and top with grilled cheese croutons.

Melissa Vitelli