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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 615kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoon butter, unsalted

Optional

  • 1/2 cup half and half

Serve With

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 8 slice bread, whole wheat
  • 4 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 4 cup watermelon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Dice the celery, carrot, onion, and garlic.
  • Strain the tomatoes, reserving the juice; spread out onto a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and roast for about 15 minutes until caramelized.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic and cook about 10 minutes until softened.
  • Add the roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, chicken broth, bay leaf, and butter to the saucepan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a skillet or sandwich press and thinly slice cheese.
  • Spread butter onto one side of each piece of bread. Add 1 ounce of cheese to each of 4 slices then top with remaining slices forming 4 sandwiches, buttered-side out.
  • Place sandwiches onto hot skillet or sandwich press and cook until cheese has melted and bread is golden.
  • Add half and half to the soup (if using, more or less may be added to taste), and purée with a hand held immersion blender until smooth. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.
  • Serve soup with sandwiches and watermelon on the side.
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Nutrition

Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 726mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g

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