Tomato Soup with Baby Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces prosciutto finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled, seeded tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Baby Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, recipe follows, accompaniment
  • Chopped chives and parsley, for garnish
  • 4 to 5 whole tortillas, fried and chopped, for garnish
Directions

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and bay leaf and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add the cream and cook for 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf.

If you like a smooth soup you may use a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor, puree the soup. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

In a small saucepan, caramelize the sugar over low heat. Add the vinegar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add to the soup a teaspoon at a time to balance the acidity.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and arrange the sliced sandwiches around the sides. Garnish with the herbs and chopped tortillas and serve.

Baby Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:

3 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature

3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

1 teaspoon minced chives

Pinch salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

8 thin slices brioche, or homemade style bread, crusts removed

In a small bowl, blend together the cream cheese, mascarpone, chives, and salt. Spread the mixture on 4 slices of the bread and top with the remaining bread. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of the butter on each side of each sandwich.

Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 sandwiches and cook until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Remove and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into 2 triangles. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


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My honey tells me this is the best tomato soup he's ever had! I agree. It was so delicious, I made it twice in one week. Used the leftover grilled cheese spread on crackers as a snack. Seriously, yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is amazing!!!!! The ingredients are perfectly balanced giving it a round full flavor in your mouth. LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everybody in my family loved this soup even my 8 month old baby and my 3 year old daughter asked for more. it is very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a cook. I hate cooking, but I have to every Thursday. This recipe is so easy and it is delicious! The Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a little different. My advice is DON'T use dried chives (I did and yuck!). It is so worth it to buy fresh chives! Mr. Lagasse, my husband thanks you and I thank you! You have rescued me many many times! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty but too rich to eat with a sandwich.Neither my boyfriend or I could eat much. I may make it again but serve just a small amount. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Haven't made the soup yet, but the grilled cheese sandwiches are made a few times a month at my house. Everyone loves them. They are simple to make and have such a smooth flavor. Most people usually want a second one they taste so good. You can also use the filling on bagels for breakfast. Sooooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simply delicious. My boyfriend said it tasted like ravioli... and wanted me ti add ground beef next time (of course, I rejected the idea, since it is supposed to be tomato soup... not ravioli soup) haha. but anyways. The house smelled wonderful while I was cooking. There are a lot of veggies, and it is creamy at the same time. I did not have to add much of the sugar-vinegar mixture. I ended up with a very good soup, with a lot of flavor, and very healthy. Grilled cheese is good, nothing amazing though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is so good. I add all different types of meat & seafood to it. I have looked a long time for a good tomato soup and this is it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok. Will not do again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pureed the soup, we loved it. Didn't make the sandwiches, but the soup was definitely a winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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