Roasted Carrot Soup w/ Bacon Grilled Cheese Croutons

By misschels
September 18, 2013
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Author Notes: Warm, buttery, sweet carrots make a creamy fall soup that warms you from the inside out. Top with homemade bacon grilled cheese croutons for the ultimate comfort food meal. misschels

Serves: 4-6

For the soup:

  • 8 large carrots, tops trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the carrots on the baking sheet and drizzle with evoo.
  2. Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning the carrots halfway through the baking time so that they are lightly golden brown on both sides. You want the carrots to be tender, easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat and drizzle with evoo. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the carrots & veggie broth. Turn the heat to low, and using an immersion blender, blend everything together to a smooth, creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. (You can also put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend if you don’t have an immersion blender).
  5. Let the soup simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve warm w/ croutons.

For the croutons

  • 1 pound thick cut pork bacon
  • 6 slices of fresh part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 12 slices of multigrain gluten-free bread
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  1. In a large non-stick skillet, fry the bacon over medium-high heat until lightly golden brown and crispy. Place the bacon on a paper-lined plate to drain.
  2. Place 1 slice of mozzarella cheese on 1 slice of gluten-free bread, fold each piece of bacon in half and place on top of the mozzarella. Cover the bread with another slice of bread to make a sandwich.
  3. Spread butter on both outer sides of the sandwich. Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Put the sandwich in the skillet and grill on both sides until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Place the sandwich on a cutting board, cut off the crust, and slice into thick strips lengthwise, then crosswise, forming small squares.
  6. Place croutons over a bowl of the soup. Top with extra mozzarella and crumbled bacon if you dare!

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