Baked tomato cheese & bread soup

This isn’t a typical meal in our house. Cheese around here is a sometimes food because I just can’t have that much of it. But “sometimes” has to happen… sometime. When I was in Rome, I ate gelato twice a day (you can’t be lactose intolarant in Italy, right? wrong…) and when my mom was here last week cooking us this melty, cheesy, bread-y, crusty tomato soup I couldn’t stop myself at one bowl.

The idea to make this came up after a discussion about the beet salad post. We were talking about foods (there aren’t many) that Jack doesn’t like. He and my mom both share a distaste for tomato soup and anything ketchup-y. However, my mom loves this particular recipe, and knew this would be the tomato soup that Jack would approve of.

We devoured it by the bowl-full (with plenty of red wine) and then polished off the leftovers the following night.

So I guess the moral of the story “this time” is that whatever your loved one doesn’t like, smother it in cheese. (For those of you new here, I promise this is not my usual mantra).

 

serves 6 as a main course, 12 as small starter.

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
¼ C. tomato paste
½ t. salt
¼ t. dried oregano
¼ t. dried marjoram
¼ t. dried thyme
16 oz. can crushed tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes peeled, seeded, chopped)
6 C. water
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
8 oz. crusty French or rustic Ciabiatta bread cut in ½ inch slices
6 oz. Swiss or Gruyere cheese shredded

METHOD:

In a large, deep pan sauté onion and garlic in butter until onion is translucent Add flour and stir well for one minute to make a roux. Add tomato paste, salt and spices and mix well. Add tomatoes and combine all ingredients well. Add 6 C. water. Cover and simmer for one hour. Add a little of the hot liquid to the egg yolk, then whisk into the soup.

In a deep pan or casserole dish (or individual dishes if you wish) layer half of the bread and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Add remaining bread and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Add the soup and top with remaining 1/3 cheese.

Bake 45 min. at 325 or until bubbly. Cheese should be nicely browned.

 

 

10 comments

  1. Jada from jadachin.blogspot.com on said:

    Ha! Cheese is a “sometimes” food. I love that. I don’t think I could ever make it a sometimes food…more like always. And oh goodness, this looks like heaven. I need to make this.

  2. Courtney Jones from thefigtree.blogspot.com on said:

    *hah* That’s awesome. Every time I go on vacation, I pretend that I’m no longer lactose intolerant as well. Sometimes you just have to indulge in a little cheese or a little ice cream :) This soup looks wonderful. I am definitely going to make it next time I feel indulgent!

  3. erin from naturallyella.com on said:

    I haven’t eaten dinner yet and all I can think is how much I want this. Bread, soup, and cheese is quite possibly one of the best combos!

  4. Cookie + Kate from cookieandkate.com on said:

    I’m a total ketchup fiend, I’ll never outgrow my love for the stuff. This soup looks amazing. I’m intrigued by the addition of an egg yolk. And cheese? Bring it!

  5. Joanne from joanne-eatswellwithothers.com on said:

    Well, I hate to admit it but the only time I can get my family to eat certain foods is with extra cheese on top. It happens to the best of us! But a little bit of cheese never hurt anyone (except the lactose-intolerant!) and this looks so delicious!

  6. Heather from sundaymorningbananapancakes.blogspot.com on said:

    Cheese, Bread & Tomato Soup – does it get any better than that; I think not!

    Its a total grilled cheese and tomato soup in one lunch :)

  7. Jacqui from goodthingsgrow.com on said:

    I’m lactose intolerant too, but there are those times, every so often, I just crave cheese and deal with it later!

  8. Nicole Franzen from nicolefranzen.blogspot.com on said:

    yum, my fav. In a new way, I need to try this.

  9. Um, holy cow. I’ve just discovered your blog (Lovely!), and now I’m almost fainting with cravings for this soup!! I sense that this will be a winner in our house too!!

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