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Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Miss V wrinkled her nose when I said that we were having Butternut Squash Soup for dinner.  I know she doesn't like it so I made a batch of soup for her.  You can find the original recipe at Damn Delicious.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 bay leaf
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes and bay leaf, basil and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft, about 3-5 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and mash, using a wooden spoon. Stir in cream and brown sugar.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Puree with an immersion blender or in blender in small batches. Stir in chicken broth until heated through, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make your favorite grilled cheese and cut into cubes.

Ladle soup into bowls and garish with two or 3 grilled cheese cubes.

Miss V really liked this!

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