Cooking for Students Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Cooking for Students

Tomato soup paired with a grilled cheese sandwich is a classic favorite. Dipping that perfectly browned sandwich into the soup is tasty and very nostalgic for most. Many have fond memories of being served a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup as a child and now you can enjoy it again. This soup and sandwich combo is very cheap to make and you are going to have extra soup to eat for a days. There is nothing like having a taste of home when you are away at school.

What’s in it?

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 slices bread, white or whole meal wheat will do
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-2 slices low fat cheese, your choice
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

How’s it made?

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium.
  2. Add the onion and minced garlic. Cook while stirring until softened and fragrant. This will take 3-5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the crushed tomatoes along with the low sodium stock.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste to thicken the soup.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the soup thickens more.
  6. Transfer to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  7. Heat a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  8. Add a slice of bread followed by the cheese and the other slice.
  9. Cook until crispy and golden brown.
  10. Flip and brown on the other side. Add more butter to the pan if needed.
  11. Remove from the heat and serve alongside a bowl of soup.

It is that simple! After very little time you have a tasty meal to eat. The soup is nice and light while the grilled cheese is there for texture and of course cheese. For those who happen to have either dried or fresh herbs, don’t be afraid to add them into the soup. All it does is bump up the flavor and improve the soup. Spice can also be added with chili powder, chili flakes or even hot sauce. As for the grilled cheese, you can build on that as well. Canned spinach in the sandwich tastes really nice as well as other vegetables including brussel sprouts. Use what you have and replace what you don’t. That is what college cooking is all about.