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Marinara soup with grilled cheese croutons, in a bowl with a spoon
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Creamy Basil Marinara Soup {With Grilled Cheese Croutons}

This creamy basil marinara soup takes humble, high-quality marinara sauce and turns it into a perfectly comforting, cold day cure with the right amount of spice, and freshness from basil pesto. Topped with bite-sized grilled cheese croutons, this is the height of comfort food!
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basil marinara soup, Creamy basil marinara soup, Creamy marinara soup, Marinara soup
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 918kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • 1 cup Marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Basil pesto
  • cup Heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon Red chilli flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt

For the Croutons

  • 1 Brioche bun
  • 1 slice Sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ tablespoon Butter softened


  • Prepare the soup - Add the all the soup ingredients to a sauce pan, except for the heavy cream. Let it come to a simmer. Once it has simmered, add the heavy cream.
    1 cup Marinara sauce, 1 tablespoon Basil pesto, ⅓ cup Heavy cream, ¼ teaspoon Red chilli flakes, ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Sea salt
  • Prepare the grilled cheese - Butter the outside of the buns. Make a grilled cheese sandwich, and brown the the outsides in a skillet over medium-low heat. To let the cheese melt, cover with a lid.
    1 Brioche bun, 1 slice Sharp cheddar cheese, ½ tablespoon Butter
  • Make the croutons - Cut the grilled cheese into bite-sized pieces. Top the soup with the grilled cheese croutons, and enjoy!


Calories: 918kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 298mg | Sodium: 4396mg | Potassium: 919mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3853IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 4mg