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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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When the weather in the Windy City becomes really windy, I want something simple, homey, and warming. A tomato soup – this is what I really need now.

Everyone agrees that a tomato soup is so, so, so good in cold days! Perhaps, it is as good as gazpacho in hot summer. Fiery, sometimes spicy, but always delightful, this soup requires nothing more but a piece of good bread. No, no, wrong… The American classic tomato soup is the best when served with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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A delicious, buttery sandwich with melted cheese and bright spicy soup – there is nothing better for me today in the whole world.

Well, I guess, I am prepared for cold and windy days…

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Preparation

In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onions and sauté them for 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds.

Add the carrots and spices, stir and cook for 3 minutes.

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Add the tomatoes with their juices. Fill one empty tomato can with water and add this water to the pot.

Bring the soup to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly. Puree the soup with an immersion blender, a stationary blender or in a food processor. Adjust salt and other spices and herbs.

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Add the cream, reheat. Remove from the heat.

Make the grilled cheese sandwiches.

Place approximately 3 slices of cheese between two pieces of bread. Spread some butter on the outer sides of bread slices. Grill the sandwiches on a hot grill or regular pan, turning ones, until golden brown.

Make sandwiches with cheese slices (approximately 3 slices of cheese per sandwich). Spread some butter on exposed sides of bread slices. Grill sandwiches on a hot grill pan or a pan turning ones, until golden brown.

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Cut the sandwiches on diagonal. Serve with a bowl of tomato soup.

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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Author: Nina Phomina
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 quart pot
Author Nina Phomina

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (800 g / 28 oz each) whole or diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted tomatoes)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/2 tsp ground celery
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar or more to taste
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter,
  • 1/2 - 1 cup heavy cream (optional)

For the sandwiches:

  • sandwich bread for toasts, white, whole grain, rye (2 per serving)
  • cheese slices (gruyere, provolone, mozzarella, cheddar, and other melting cheeses, 2-3 per serving)
  • butter,

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onions and sauté them for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds.
  3. Add the carrots and spices, stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Fill one empty tomato can with water and add this water to the pot.
  5. Bring the soup to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly. Puree the soup with an immersion blender, a stationary blender or in a food processor. Adjust salt and other spices and herbs.
  7. Add the cream, reheat. Remove from the heat.
  8. Make the grilled cheese sandwiches. Place approximately 3 slices of cheese between two pieces of bread. Spread some butter on the outer sides of bread slices. Grill the sandwiches on a hot grill or regular pan, turning ones, until golden brown.
  9. Cut the sandwiches on diagonal. Serve with a bowl of tomato soup.

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4 thoughts on “Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  • This soup always reminds me of sunny summer days 💛 I usually cook it when it snows for the first time in the season and it’s obvious that warm days have gone. This time I thought about sunny Italy and thanked it for that warmth filled tomatoes from the can 😊👍

    • Exactly Daria. A little summer in your bowl 🙂 We have to thank Frenchmen Nicolas Appert (for inventing the canning) and Philippe de Girard (for developing the method), and then American Robert Ayars (for great improvement in can’s quality for preserving).

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