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Tomato Soup with Cheddar Cheese


tomato soup beauty

Tomato Soup with Cheddar Cheese

Sort of like a cross between tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich (the all-in-one best of both worlds!), this soup is perfect for warming up your lunch box.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 to 7 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large heavy-bottomed pot
  • Measuring cup
  • Can opener
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Slotted spoon
  • Blender (adult needed)
  • Pot holder


  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled or diced tomatoes, including the liquid
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (any kind is fine) or fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt


  • Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, carefully add the oil.
  • Add the onion, garlic, celery, and if you are using dried basil, the basil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juice, and the broth. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low and cook for 45 minutes. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove half the solids, using the slotted spoon, and put them in the blender. Do not fill more than halfway. Put the top on but remove the little cap in the center. Cover the hole loosely with a dish towel.
  • Turn the blender to the lowest speed and increase the speed as the soup purees. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the remaining solids and blend again. Gradually add the cooking liquid, fresh basil (if using), cheese, and yogurt.
  • Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


Make it Crunchy: Add a few croutons or toasted nuts or seeds.
Make it Tangy: Add a squeeze or slice of lemon or lime, or an extra dash of vinegar.
Make it Spicy: Add a dash of hot sauce, sliced jalapeños, or chili flakes.
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