I've spent roughly five years working in all kinds of food-industry jobs, so I know a thing or two about cooking for other people.
Grilled Cheese Memories
I have spent roughly five years in total working for all kinds of food-industry jobs, from fast food to fine dining, from washing dishes to being a shift runner, so I know a thing or two about cooking for other people.
One of my best food memories comes from my childhood, however, when my mom used to make me wonderfully comforting grilled cheese with tomato soup.
Now, we've all had basic grilled cheese made with cheddar cheese and tomato soup that came from a can, but here's my attempt to show you how you can prepare your own soup from scratch.
Ultimate Comfort Food
After a tough day, nothing hits the spot like comfort food—and grilled cheese with tomato soup is one of those classics. You can enjoy it on your own or while chilling out with your crew.
Back in my culinary arts class I was never taught how to make grilled cheese or tomato soup, so I had to figure out the best recipes on my own. But now you guys and gals get to benefit from my trial and error, so get your gourmet on!
Level Up Your Cooking
There's nothing wrong with basic grilled cheese with canned tomato soup, but after having seen Cooking Simulator on steam and Chef Ramsey's video about grilled cheese I was inspired to make this from scratch. At least, I wanted to test a theory I had about making tomato soup at home. The results were amazing. The soup was so good it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. I hope you get that too when eating this meal.
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4 bowls of soup and 6 sandwiches
For the soup:
- 6 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
For the sandwiches:
- 12 bread slices
- 7 tablespoons butter, for cooking
- dried basil, ground
- garlic powder
- 12 cheese slices
- 1 tomato
- For the soup: Cut the tomatoes into chunks and blend them into a paste using a food processor (or blender).
- Pour the tomatoes into a pot and add the rest of the soup ingredients and mix. Over high heat bring to a boil and let boil for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes.
- For the sandwiches: Cut a stick of butter into tablespoon-sized pieces; add two to a frying pan. Cut the tomato into slices and prepare 1 1/2 slices for each sandwich.
- Once the butter is melted fry two slices of bread, 1-3 minutes depending on how crispy you want it. Flip the bread over, add the basil and garlic, and then add the cheese. Fry for another 1-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the tomato slices. Cut the sandwich in half diagonally. Repeat until all sandwiches are grilled.
- Serve the sandwich and the soup together.
Alternate Recipe Ideas
Here are some ideas to change things up a bit:
For the soup:
- Use different herbs and spices
- Use more/less seasoning
For the sandwich:
- Use different cheese (I used Swiss cheese and pepper jack)
- Use different (or no) seasonings
- Use only one slice of cheese per sandwich
- Add ham or turkey, or other lunch meat
- Add bacon
- Fry the bread in oil instead of butter
There you have it—my recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. It seems simple, right? That's because it is, and the sandwich portion of the recipe may look just like every other single grilled cheese recipe out there. Don't worry about that, it's really hard to mess up or improve upon this kind of sandwich. I think the only way to mess up a grilled cheese is to full-on burn it to cinders or drop it on the floor. You could also accidentally forget to actually melt the cheese and serve the sandwich without soup, tomato or otherwise.
Also, if you happen to be allergic to garlic or onion then maybe avoid using those powders in the soup. I know I happen to have problems with acidic foods like tomatoes, as well as onions, but I have already had a full pot of this soup without any stomach issues at all and I've let the food settle for more than a day now. You'd think with six tomatoes this soup would be devastating on a sensitive stomach, but if I can handle it then so can you (hopefully)!