Tomato & Cheddar Bread Pudding

August 1, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

This cheesy, tomato packed bread pudding tastes like a grilled cheese and tomato soup casserole. Feel free to add whatever herbs you'd like and swap out the cheddar for your favorite kind of cheese.

Grant Melton

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • About 8 cups of 1-inch sized bread cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or golden cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 4-6 leaves of basil, torn, plus more for garnish
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using a pastry brush, grease a 2 1/2 quart-sized casserole dish with some butter. You will likely only use about a tablespoons of it here. Set the rest aside.
  3. In a big bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper and the remaining melted butter. Whisk well to combine. Add the bread cubes, cheese, halved tomatoes and all the herbs. Using two big spoons, or your hands, toss the mixture to moisten all of the bread cubes but being careful not to break the bread too much. Dump the mixture into the baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  4. Place the dish into the oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Garnish the top with some torn basil and serve warm.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

Valerie G. November 20, 2018
This sounds amazing. I'd love to try this with gruyere. Or what about other kinds of cheese? Any thoughts on using whole milk to make it a bit less rich instead of half and half?
food52fan October 7, 2018
This recipe had me at "grilled cheese and tomato soup" and it did not disappoint! It is a delicious dish and was a huge hit! I made it specifically for my vegetarian kiddo who also is on a gluten free trial, but the carnivores in the family devoured it as well. Made it as written and found baguettes that checked all the boxes in the freezer section at Publix (Against the Grain Gourmet in case anyone needs a gluten free, vegetarian friendly bread). Glad I found a hearty bread that could soak up all the goodness without falling apart! Will definitely make this again!
Gene D. September 28, 2018
I made this a bit more literal, and put half a can of tomato soup in with the cream/milk mixture. I regret nothing.
Christine September 20, 2018
This was quick, easy prep for a comforting weeknight dinner on a drizzly grey night. Loved it. Will make it again!
Maureen September 19, 2018
Any recs for type of bread? Dense and artisanal or generic white? Toasted, stale or fresh?
Sarah L. September 20, 2018
I used a sourdough loaf. When making it I thought about how do I like my grilled cheese.
Sarah L. September 19, 2018
I made this for a ladies' brunch at my church. <br />I do admit to a slight tweak of the recipe. I like my grilled cheese sandwiches to have pesto on them so I toasted about a third of my bread cubes on the stovetop with olive oil, basil and garlic. <br />The ladies loved it and I had what leftovers I had in my lunch the next day. Yum.. can't wait for a potluck to do again.