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8 Tasty Ramekin-Ready Dinners

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Tomato Soup with Cheesy lid

Okay, I’ll be honest — half the reason I love French onion soup is because of the cheesy top. But why does onion soup get to dominate the cheesy lid category – there are plenty of other delicious, hearty soups worthy of the gooey goodness!

Luckily, I came across this recipe this recipe for roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar and squealed with delight! The recipe promised the perfect merging of tomato soup and grilled cheese — and boy did it deliver!

I used this quick and easy recipe for the soup itself — but for the less ambitious, canned soup works as well.

Here’s the recipe for the cheesy lids, adapted from Smitten Kitchen:


  • Tomato soup
  • Baguette, cut into 1″ thick slices
  • Coarsely grated cheddar to taste
  • Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill ramekins with warmed soup and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Butter one side of the bread slices, and float them on top of the soup, buttered side up.
  4. Generously top with grated cheddar.
  5. Bake for 15-20 mintues, or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. Serve immediately.


By all means, experiment with the ingredients. I, for instance, substituted pesto for butter on the bread. As you might expect, the pesto added a whole new flavor dimension that plain ol’ butter couldn’t match!


I modified the above recipe with vegetable barley soup, whole wheat tuscan bread and smoked gouda cheese and it was equally delicious!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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12:01AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

This is on my attempt it list- TY

8:30AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Thank you

3:54PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I don't even own any ramekins, but after looking at these recipes, I will be picking up some tomorrow. Thanks for the article and wonderful recipes!!!

8:47AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

These sound like the perfect meals for chilly winter nights.

4:06PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Wonderful! Thank YOU .. I'm ready to eat!

7:55AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Have to try this.

5:12PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Yum, bookmarked for next winter!

10:49AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

magic way to cook for two people. Thanks very much

3:27AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Mmm, now my mouth is watering. Thank you for the great recipes.

12:37AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Thanks for posting.

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