If etouffee and tomato soup fell in love and had a baby, it would be this creamy tomato soup. There might be some gumbo in the family somewhere too because I think etouffee is usually made with seafood, and tomato soup is usually vegetarian. Whatever this soup’s family background is, it’s definitely warm and satisfying!
When I was out of town last week with a bunch of bloggers, some people were ordering dishes at restaurants with the intention of using them as inspiration for recipes. I’m not really that forward thinking. When I was ordering, I was thinking more along the lines of getting the least wheat and most bacon possible.
One restaurant had creamy sausage soup with a tomato base for the soup of the day. None of us ordered it, so I don’t even really know what it was like, but you could say this recipe was inspired by that soup if only by name.
Serving this tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich or cheese toast would be a great idea, but if you skip that, just put cheese on top like I did! If you want it to get that browned top like in the photo, just carefully place the bowl of soup topped with cheese under the broiler for a few minutes. Watch it closely because it can burn quickly. Honestly, I liked it fine just sprinkling cheese on top and letting it melt in the hot soup.
When I told my husband that the sausage I used was chicken sausage, he was like, “So really it’s chicken and chicken soup, not chicken and sausage.” He is always a wise guy! You could use whatever kind of sausage you like of course, or make double chicken soup like me. Either way, I know you’ll enjoy this hearty tomato soup for dinner!
Want more soup recipes? No problem! Here are a few of my favorites: