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Chipotle Tomato Soup with Smoked Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

This chipotle tomato soup is creamy and delish with a hint of heat. Serve with smoked cheddar pull apart bread for a slice of heaven!
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Ingredients

chipotle tomato soup

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 28 oz diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup cooking sherry
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • freshly snipped chives for garnish

smoked cheddar pull apart bread

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • fresh chives, for sprinkling

Instructions 

  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in the shallots and garlic, cooking until soft and slightly golden and stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and chipotle powder and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, sherry, chicken stock, brown sugar, basil, salt and pepper, then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the soup to a high-powered blender and carefully blend until pureed. Transfer back to the pot over low heat. Right before serving, stir in the heavy cream. Taste and season additionally with salt and pepper if needed – it might, depending on your tomatoes. To serve, drizzle the soup with the extra cream and garnish with chives.

smoked cheddar pull apart bread

  • Preheat oven for 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice a grid pattern into the loaf of bread, leaving about an inch uncut at the bottom of the loaf. I find it easiest to slice longways and then go back and slice the rest of the grid.
  • Loosely tent the bread with foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bread and gently pry apart the bread squares. Drizzle the butter into the crevices of the bread. Gently pull apart the bread again and stuff the grated cheese into the crevices and pile it on top. Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.
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