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Bruschetta Soup
with Italian grilled cheese

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Inspired by Italian bruschetta, this fresh, vegetable packed soup is colorful and fast. Serve with a grilled cheese on the side - cut the sandwiches into strips for easy dipping!


Italian Grilled Cheese:
  • Bread, sandwich - 8 slices
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Cheese, shredded Italian blend - 6 oz
Bruschetta Soup:
  • Onions, medium red - 1/2 , diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz , diced
  • Zucchini - 1 lb , diced
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Basil, dried - 2 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups


  1. Onions / Carrots / Zucchini / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store onions and carrots in one container. Store zucchini and garlic in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven with cooking oil (portion for soup) over medium. Add onions and carrots and saute until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, dried basil, and tomato paste and saute for 1 minute more. Add diced tomatoes (including liquid), zucchini, and stock. Cover soup and simmer until zucchini is tender, ~10 minutes.
  3. While soup simmers, butter one side of each piece of bread with about 1/2 Tbsp (7g) of butter each. Lay out bread buttered-side down. Layer with cheese and top with bread, buttered-side up. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
  4. Heat up a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Flip once the first side is golden, ~ 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into long strips (note: the strips are fun for dipping in soup, but feel free to just slice them into any shape you prefer).
  6. Return to soup and add beans. Simmer for 1 minute more to heat beans. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Serve soup with grilled cheese on the side. Enjoy!



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