Tomato Bisque with Parmesan Crountons

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The ultimate "This is so good! What is this called?" dish!
  1. In large saucepot, heat 2 teaspoons butter and oil over medium heat. Add carrot, onion, and celery, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato juice, thyme, sugar, and pepper. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat;
  2. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Place bread slices on rimmed baking pan. Divide and spread remaining 1 teaspoon butter over bread slices, and sprinkle each with cheese. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
  3. In batches, transfer soup to blender and puree. Transfer pureed soup to large bowl before pureeing next batch.
  4. To serve, ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with Parmesan croutons and garnish with thyme leaves.