Gourmet Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

With all the rainy weather we had this past weekend I was just craving some of my favorite comfort food and that means some delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup.  I found this recipe from Pinterest and it's a copy cat of the famous tomato soup from Paradise Bakery so you definitely need to try it out.  We loved it and the leftovers have lasted for days.  To make a really good gourmet grilled cheese sandwich you need to first start with some real nice artisan bread [we used the three cheese semolina bread from La Brea Bakery].  First I spread mayo on each slice then start layering the cheeses of sharp cheddar, swiss, and monterey jack on one slice of bread.  On the other slice of bread I spread guacamole then sliced tomatoes and crispy bacon on top.  Then close the sandwich up and grill it.  We use our panini maker with butter spread before cooking.

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Paradise Bakery Tomato Soup

| INGREDIENTS |

1/2 large onion [finely diced]

3 cloves garlic [minced]

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 [28 oz] can diced tomatoes

2 [14.5 oz] cans fire roasted tomatoes

1 [8 oz] can tomato sauce

1 [6 oz] can tomato paste

2 cups water

2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup heavy cream [milk will work too]


| INSTRUCTIONS |

1 |  In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil until almost translucent.  Add garlic and sauté' a couple minutes longer.

2 |  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water and chicken broth to pot.  Stir to combine and until it reaches a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

3 |  After it has boiled for 30 minutes, puree soup as necessary to reach desired consistency.  [I use my vitamix to blend it up]

4 |  Add salt, pepper and cream to pot with tomato soup and simmer for 10 additional minutes.

5 |  To serve, drizzle with sour cream and top with tortilla chip strips.

original recipe here