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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches—Not Just Your Basic Recipes. Let’s Explore The Possibilities!

Updated on January 24, 2017
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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Source

Salt and pepper. Oil and vinegar. Peanut butter and jelly. Cake and ice cream. Simon and Garfunkel.

All of these things just naturally seem to go together, don’t they? Allow me to add one more pair to the list--tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

OK, so my friends in other parts of the world might be scratching their heads a bit, but for people who live in the USA, a steaming bowl of tomato soup combined with a toasty, gooey grilled cheese sandwich is comfort food at its best.

This is the go-to meal when funds are short, or the children are clamoring for dinner; perhaps you are a poor college student, living alone, or just too darned tired to cook a decent meal.

Tomato soup (from a can) and a grilled cheese sandwich (a slice of processed cheese tucked between two slices of white bread) provides nourishment, sustenance, and calm in a harried world. Such a simple, humble meal.

Can it be changed, elevated, maybe (dare we even think) glorified? In the CarbDiva world “YES WE CAN!”

Here are some new ideas for tomato soup recipes. And just for fun, I've also assembled a list of ingredients for new grilled cheese sandwiches to complement the flavors of those unique soups.

Let the decadence begin!

Basic tomato soup
Basic tomato soup | Source

Chicken-Cheddar-Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Bread – Sourdough bread
  • Cheese – Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Meat – shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Fruit or Vegetable – sliced avocado
  • Condiment – chipotle mayonnaise

Carb Diva’s Basic Triple Tomato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes, (not oil packed)
  • 1/2 of a 6-oz. can tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 1 14-oz. can chick broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Strain canned tomatoes, reserving juices. Spread canned tomatoes on large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in oven about until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion, celery, and garlic in large saucepan until softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the roasted canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, sun-dried tomatoes, broth, sage, and bay leaf. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove bay leaf. Puree soup in pot with immersion blender until smooth. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Tomato basil soup
Tomato basil soup | Source

Caprese Sandwich

  • Bread – rustic Italian loaf
  • Cheese – fresh Mozarella
  • Fruit or Vegetable – fresh tomato slices, fresh basil leaves
  • Condiment – drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes, (not oil packed)
  • 1/2 of a 6-oz. can tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 1 14-oz. can chick broth
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Strain canned tomatoes, reserving juices. Spread canned tomatoes on large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in oven about until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion, celery, and garlic in large saucepan until softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the roasted canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, sun-dried tomatoes, broth, and red pepper flakes. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.
  5. Puree soup in pot with immersion blender until smooth. Stir in chopped parsley, balsamic vinegar, and basil pesto. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Orzo Tomato Soup
Orzo Tomato Soup | Source

Greek Sandwich

  • Bread – rustic Italian loaf
  • Cheese – feta cheese combined with whipped cream cheese
  • Fruit or Vegetable – fresh tomato slices
  • Condiment – Kalamata olives, tzatziki sauce

Orzo Tomato Spinach Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely-diced carrots
  • 1 cup finely-diced celery
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 14-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1½ cups whole wheat orzo
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups baby spinach, packed

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and garlic; sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. (Don’t let garlic burn).
  2. Add the stock, pesto, orzo, thyme, and oregano. Stir well.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until orzo is cooked, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach; cook until spinach is wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes more.

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Bread – rustic Italian loaf
  • Cheese – Mozzarella cheese
  • Meat – pepperoni
  • Condiment – marinara sauce

Pizza Soup

Add 1/3 cup diced pepperoni to the Carb Diva Triple Tomato Soup Recipe (above). Garnish with grated mozzarella cheese.

Thanksgiving

  • Bread – rustic sourdough
  • Cheese – whipped cream cheese
  • Meat – sliced turkey (deli sliced or leftovers)
  • Fruit or Vegetable – cranberry sauce

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But Wait, There's More!

If the above ideas are not enough decadence for you, please watch this video. Tomato soup and bread/cheese combo to the MAXIMUM!

© 2016 Linda Lum

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      I don't do tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach at the same time. Just different ways to add extra flavor and texture to a grilled cheese. The spinach is especially good with provolone. Yum!

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      Linda Lum 10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bravewarrior - Tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach with grilled cheese?Almost sounds like a pizza. You've made me hungry.

      I haven't tried coconut oil, but my older daughter uses it quite a bit. Maybe I'll take a little when she isn't looking.

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      The orzo, tomato, spinach soup looks yummy. I love spinach and orzo is the perfect pasta for any soup.

      I also love grilled cheese. I like to experiment with them. One thing I've done is I no longer spread butter on the bread before grilling. Instead, I spread coconut oil. I can't taste the difference and it's better for you. I like to put tomato, mushrooms or spinach in between the cheeses and add a touch of garlic power to give the bread flavor. Grilled cheese is great on pumpernickel or marble bread.

      Yum. I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Lawrence - Winter is soon approaching for you, isn't it? Hot tomato soup and cheese does sound comforting. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

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      Lawrence Hebb 11 months ago

      Linda

      Tomato soup made fresh with a sliver of bacon and a huge chunk of fresh bread is a winter staple in our house.

      The cheese toastis with it have been tried and are really yummy.

      Looking forward to a tomato soup at the weekend.

      Lawrence

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - a panini would be a wonderful addition. My girls pour their soup into a mug and dip their sandwiches in.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      I might have to make that soup and add a panini on the side! Looks yummy!

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill - Which of us is showing their age more--you in saying "bet your sweet bippy" or me in remembering that phrase? LOL. Thanks for stopping by. And DO try a few slices of avocado (or better yet, bacon) on that grilled cheese. You won't regret it.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is my favorite meal in the fall but really, grilled cheese should be eaten year-round by yours truly. Thanks for the recipes....you can be your bippy I'll be trying them. :) Have a great weekend, Linda!

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - You are so kind. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Jodah - I suspected that the tomato soup/grilled cheese combo is an American thing. I do hope you will give it a try. Your grilled cheese with jalapeno sounds delicious.

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You really elevated that old standby. Thanks for another great hub.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Carb Diva, all those tomato soup recipes look great, so does the grilled cheese sandwiches. I love both but have never thought of having them together, now I am going to try that. My favourite grilled cheese sandwich usually contains cheese, sliced jalapeno (or other) chilli and chopped garlic chives, salt and pepper.

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Jackie - Tomato soup with tuna sandwich? I hadn't thought of that. And why not? That sounds great. Hmmm, you've made me hungry. Thanks for your support and comments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I would love to try these soups and with fresh tomatoes I have been freezing myself. Yum I bet they would be so good and of course I love grilled cheese and tomato soup! Tomato soup is delicious with tuna sandwiches too. (But that's another hub, right? lol)

      Anyway, yum and thanks! This whole hub is going with me!

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