One of my favorite things in the world to make “homemade” is soups! If you really think about it, there is a soup for anytime of the season, not just for the bitter cold seasons or if someone is coming down with a winter or in my case a “fall” cold. From hot soups to gazpachos you can enjoy them all year long. One of my all time favs is a nice creamy “Tomato” soup. You can enjoy this soup pretty much all year round, hot or cold!! Another part of having a great tasting comforting soup like tomato is enjoying a nice gooey grilled cheese sammie along side for dipping.. There is nothing more the perfect pair than this fantastic duo!!
1 can San Marzano puréed! ( they have these already pre-puréed)
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 small onion chopped
1/2 fat free heavy cream
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1/2 cup low sodium veggie stock
2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
8 slices of white or wheat bread
4 slices of low fat Sharp cheddar,fontina,Monterey jack cheese( or which ever cheese you prefer with your grilled cheeses )
2 drizzle EVOO
Chopped parsley or basil for garnish
Grab a large pot and heat on med heat . Drizzle some EVOO and add chopped Garlic and Onion. Stir and cook for around 1 min. Add canned puréed tomatoes and stir. Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to med low and add your low sodium veggie stock, cream and smoked paprika, hot sauce, dash of salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 20 mins.
While your soup is simmering. Grab an indoor grill pan and spray liberally with cooking spray. Place 4 slices of your bead in grill, then 1 slice of cheese to each slice of bread, lastly add the the remaining slices to top if each Sammie. Cook on med heat and once bottom is nice and brown, spray a tad bit more cooking spray to the tops of each Sammie, flip to brown the other side. Once both sides are completely golden brown, place all sandwiches on a cutting board and cut each of them into 4 sections.
Once soup is nice and creamy and has reduced down a little, stir and ladle soup in 4 bowls.. Place 4 of the grilled cheese croutons ( basically 1 Sammie for each person) on the side or directly in which ever way you like and serve.. add some chopped parsley or Basil for a pretty garnish.
Cooking time: approx 20 to 25 min
Served 4 peeps