Tomato Soup with Baby Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
30 min
40 min

4 servings

  • 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

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.
    This soup is amazing!!!!! The ingredients are perfectly balanced giving it a round full flavor in your mouth. LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    It was ok. Will not do again.
    Pureed the soup, we loved it. Didn't make the sandwiches, but the soup was definitely a winner.
    This soup was so awesome! My husband and daughter BOTH loved it! I must admit they both enjoy my cooking but my daughter is 9 years old and has started becoming picky about certain things so when I can get healthy food into her skinny, little body I feel so good! This is one GREAT dish! Emeril's dishes are complicated. I usually don't attempt them because they involve too many ingredients- sometimes with some I can't get- but this one is "do-able." You can make a big pot and freeze.
    This is an excellent recipe. It was easy, quick and delish. My husband is a lover of tomato soup and had asked me to find a recipe to make for him. The soup was fantastic and the cheese sandwich is such a good compliment in this recipe. I did not have fresh tomatoes, so I used canned tomatoes instead. I also did not have mascarpone cheese so I just used the reduced fat cream cheese. I used my hand held blender to puree the soup smooth, then garnished with chopped chives. My husband who thinks it is a sin to 'dunk' anything, was dunking the sandwich into the soup and smiling like a cat who ate the canary! He commented several times thru dinner how wonderful the recipe was. That said it all. This is a keeper recipe. Thank you Emeril, for a great recipe.
    Super easy soup, really hit the spot on a cold night. Didn't try the grilled cheese.
    so yummy and comforting!
    Very smooth and balanced flavors
    This is wonderful!
    I love this soup and cream cheese sandwiches.. It went together very good and made a big hit with my grown children and their familes.. would share this recipe with everyone..
    Good Soup
    This soup was simple to make and had a really nice flavor!
    I followed the instruction and had a very delicious soup that all my family enjoyed and had seconds!
    It was a great meal
    This is a wonderful soup and everyone enjoyed it ;-) I will make this again! Thanks-Zoe in Begium
    Emeril Live is the best show on the foodnetwork ever. I hate to say it but i am against people who say " Oh Emeril Live is the lamest show in the whole world and i wish emeril lagasse would burn" I love chef emeril lagasse so much. he is my idol chef of 2004-2099
    This soup was great! it was fast, easy and awesome!
    very creamy and filled with flavor
    best I have ever had
    This was one of the best soups I have ever had. It is so easy to make too.
    Now, keep in mind that I like tomato soup. I even like plain tomato soup out of a can once in a while. When I saw Emeril making this soup on TV, I downloaded the recipe. I made it for the first time tonight (along with the baby grilled cheese), and it was excellent! My roommate, who doesn't like tomato soup at all, went crazy for this recipe! This is going to be the first thing I cook for my girlfriend when I move in with her in a month (after cooking it 3 or 4 more times myself...just to make sure I have it down right). :> Incredible!
    Emeril, I think you version of tomato soup was the best I had ever had. I enjoyed making it, and my family enjoyed it so much I have made it several times since I saw you make it on Emeril Live. I thank you alot for showing all of us who know not much about cooking, the greatest ways to cook very excellent meals and keep our families happy. I thank you very much.
    the tomotoe is a good reciepe i like all the recipes at emeril live show and online.
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