Pizza You Can Slurp: Cheesy Tomato Soup

Words: Den Alibudbud/Photography: Mylene Chung/Styling and Recipe Development: Katherine Jao/September 26, 2012

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Have you ever had a toothache or singaw (cold sore) that was so bad that all you could do was take liquids while contemptuously watching others enjoy their meal? You can stop with the death stares now. This cheesy tomato soup is just like a drinkable version of pizza, and you don’t even need a spoon. Simply rip small pieces from the bread bowl, scoop or soak up some soup with the bread, and eat.

Cheesy Tomato Soup

Total Time: 45 minutes / Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onions, sliced
  • 1 big can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock or water
  • 1 pc beef bouillon cube
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp basil chiffonade
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 slices gouda cheese
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 bread bowls
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • More basil, for garnish


  1. Cut the top part of the bread bowl then scoop out the white bread inside to make a bowl. Brush with olive oil and toast in an oven or toaster for 3 minutes. Cool then set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in pot over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for 2-3 minutes or until cooked but not browned.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, beef stock and beef cube. Add in sugar and some pepper, and boil for 3 minutes. Season to taste.
  4. Add in basil and mozzarella cheese, stir for 1 minute and turn off fire.
  5. Scoop soup into bread bowl. Top with 1 slice gouda cheese and 1/2 tbsp of parmesan.
  6. Broil in the oven until cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Den Alibudbud

Den has spent the last six years doing accounts and project management work for various companies. Recently, her grammar-Nazi-inclinations and slavedriving skills convinced the kindly folks at PhotoKitchen to have her join their merry band. See More.

  • Johann

    note to self: must find a store selling bread bowl here.

    again, another great recipe. kudos!

    • Den Alibudbud

      Thanks! :) Where is “here”?

      • Johann

        malaysia. i hope the nearby bakery from my place sells bread bowls (or bread that looks like one).

  • Essie Atienza

    Ooooh… where did you buy the bread bowls? :)

    • Katherine Jao

      You can get it from French Baker. :)

  • Jasper Ferrer

    wow… looks really good… maybe a pinch of dried oregano?

    • Katherine Jao

      Pinch of oregano sounds good. :)

  • Jezreel Joy Nicolas

    will give this a try =)

  • kitkat

    ohhhh…. a wonderful treat — Love this!!! I think French Baker is seliing the bread bowl.

  • Natalie D.

    Oh this looks like a cozy fall day in a bowl!!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Amazing! It looks so hearty and comforting! And the bread bowl definitely sealed the deal for me :)

  • Bev W

    Oh this looks so good . Will have to try this real soon

  • d smith

    Looks delicious! Could you add to the recipe–how many calories and nutritional information? It would be much appreciated:)

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  • flygirl

    Sourdough bread bowls can be found at Kroger and sometimes Wal-Mart. They are California sourdough brand.

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  • Jessica

    I made this last night. It was a huge hit with my family. This is the link for the bread bowls that I made. This will be made over and over again in our home!