Place a slice of cheese on one slice of bread and cover with a layer of sliced pickles. Place another slice of cheese on top of the pickles and cover with a slice of bread. Make a second panini in the same manner.
Place the panini in the waffle iron and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Slice the panini in half or on a diagonal to make triangles. Serve immediately, or pack into insulated lunch containers for a hot lunch on the go.
Divide the soup into two bowls or additional insulated lunch containers.