- 2 tablespoons butter
- 10 whole cloves garlic
- 2 large yellow onions, sliced
- 8 ounces Arborio rice
- Four 16-ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 4 cups heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
- 1 loaf fresh brioche
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 4 slices American cheese
- 1/4 cup grated gruyere
- 1/4 cup grated provolone
- 1/4 cup grated Swiss
- 1 tablespoon white truffle oil
For the bisque: In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter, garlic and onions. Cook until the vegetables begin to sweat, stirring constantly to avoid burning, about 5 minutes.
Add the rice and stir to coat with butter. Add the tomatoes and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Turn the temperature down to low and let simmer until the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Working in four separate batches, add 3 cups of the tomato mixture and 1 cup cream to be blended and pureed until smooth. Repeat three more times. Then season with salt and pepper.
For the grilled cheese: Slice the brioche into 4-inch slices. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Place in a large saute pan on medium heat, buttered-side down. Top each piece of bread with 1 slice American cheese. Mix the gruyere, provolone and Swiss together, and then evenly distribute the grated cheese mixture on top of the American. Drizzle with the truffle oil. Cook until the buttered side of the bread is toasted and golden brown. Sandwich the bread together and serve with the soup.
Cook's Note: When blending hot liquids, first let cool for 5 minutes or so, then transfer to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open; this will prevent the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters and pulse until smooth.
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