Tomato soup and a grilled cheese on hearty bread is one of my go-to meals when I want something simple but tasty. It’s easy to mix it up. Grilled cheese can be made in so many fun combinations. A great place to look is Closet Cooking- the jalepeño popper grilled cheese is on my to-try list! Some of my favorites are…
- Apple and Cheddar
- Brie, Ham and Cranberry Sauce (A great after Thanksgiving option!)
- Using a leftover warm cheese spread… Vidala Onion is delicious!
Tomato soup…. First thing: forget Campbell’s and other canned varieties. Eeewww. Sweet, sickly, over-processed, with a shelf life longer your lifetime. You can make a wonderful and easy tomato soup with only a few common pantry ingredients.
- Pureed Tomatoes
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Thyme and Basil
- White Wine
- Chicken Broth or Bullion
- Chili Flakes
Start with a few tablespoons of oil in the bottom of a saucepan. Chop up half an onion and
a few cloves of garlic. Sauté them until soft and fragrant. Add a sprinkle of thyme and basil, along with a little more oil if needed. Let them cook in the oil, but only for a few moments otherwise they will burn! This is called “blooming” the spices. Season with salt and pepper. Add a can pureed tomatoes or unflavored tomato sauce. You can puree diced tomatoes in the food processor or blender if you don’t have any pureed on hand. Add a cup or so of chicken broth to thin the tomatoes and add flavor, if needed. For a vegan/vegetarian option use simply water or vegetable broth. Season this layer with salt and pepper, along with a pinch or so of chili flakes for a little heat. Add about a 1/4c. of white wine for flavor. Simmer on low for a few minutes then enjoy!
- Blend low-fat cottage cheese in the blender and enjoy a spoonful on top of your soup. A great low-fat alternative to ricotta, and also adds some protein to your meal!
- Add about a 1/4c of heavy cream for a rich and elegant flavor.
- Top with fresh Basil, Thyme or Oregano
- Sauté seasonal vegetables with the onions… Zucchini, Kale, Peppers…
- If they are in season, use fresh tomatoes!
- Top with freshly grated Asiago Cheese
- Spice it up with Tony’s Creole Seasoning! This is a favorite seasoning at my house, we use it daily on everything from eggs to soups!
- For a Mexican twist top your soup with tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream or plain yogurt, queso blanco and cilantro. This would be similar to a soup called “Sopa Azteca” that I consumed in large quantities while living in México. ( ;
I had so much fun taking these pictures, and like the way they turned out… The black and the red? Yes please!
This recipe has been published to Taste Spotting!