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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Combinations

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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!

Carb Diva's triple tomato soup with chicken, cheddar, and avocado grilled cheese

Carb Diva's triple tomato soup with chicken, cheddar, and avocado grilled cheese

Carb Diva's Triple Tomato Soup With Chicken, Cheddar, and Avocado Grilled Cheese

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.

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
Tomato basil soup with caprese sandwich

Tomato basil soup with caprese sandwich

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Tomato Basil Soup With Caprese Sandwich

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
  • 1/4 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.

Caprese Sandwich

  • Bread – rustic Italian loaf
  • Cheese – fresh Mozzarella
  • Fruit or Vegetable – fresh tomato slices, fresh basil leaves
  • Condiment – drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Orzo, tomato, and spinach soup with Greek sandwich

Orzo, tomato, and spinach soup with Greek sandwich

Orzo, Tomato, and Spinach Soup With Greek Sandwich

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
  • 6 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat orzo
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 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 the 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.

Greek Sandwich

  • Bread - Rustic Italian
  • Cheese - Feta cheese combined with whipped cream cheese
  • Fruit or Vegetable - Fresh tomato slices
  • Condiment - Kalamata olives and tzatziki sauce

Pizza Soup With Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Add 1/3 cup diced pepperoni to the Carb Diva triple tomato soup recipe (above). Garnish with grated mozzarella cheese.

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Bread - Rustic Italian Loaf
  • Cheese - Mozzarella cheese
  • Meat - Pepperoni
  • Condiment - Marinara sauce
Turkey tomato soup with Thanksgiving cheese sandwich

Turkey tomato soup with Thanksgiving cheese sandwich

Turkey Tomato Soup With Thanksgiving Cheese Sandwich

Thanksgiving Cheese Sandwich

  • Bread - Rustic sourdough
  • Cheese - Whipped cream cheese
  • Meat - Sliced turkey (deli sliced or leftovers)
  • Fruit or Vegetable - Cranberry sauce
Roasted garlic and caramelized onion griled cheese

Roasted garlic and caramelized onion griled cheese

Creamy Tomato Soup With Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

  • Creamy Tomato Soup recipe | Kendall-Jackson: This is not your standard cup of tomato soup from a can. Minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes bring on the heat, but heavy cream and a touch of brown sugar mellow the flavors and help create a luxurious soup. This is a perfect partner with the other half of the recipe on the Kendall-Jackson blog—roasted garlic grilled cheese with caramelized onions. (Think French onion soup between two slices of rustic bread).

Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese

  • Bread - White sourdough
  • Cheese - Gruyere, smoked Gouda
  • Condiment - Roasted garlic, caramelized onions

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