Nothing better to beat a rainy day than a steaming bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese, am I right? This was my inaugural try at homemade tomato soup. Thus, I turned to the Barefoot Contessa herself for tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. Her recipe calls for gruyere cheese, but who keeps that on hand on a regular basis? Sharp cheddar substituted just fine! Putting this recipe in my back pocket for another rainy day.