Grown Up Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

tomato soup and grilled cheese

As many of you, I ate my share of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches growing up – one of my favorite meals as a child.

Campbell’s Tomato Soup was my soup of choice.  Except for that period of time when I was two years old and the ONLY food I would eat was Campbell’s Turkey Vegetable Soup, undiluted – yes, right out of the can.  To this day I don’t understand how my mother even discovered that it was the only food I would eat – desperation maybe, trying to find something her picky child would eat!  Mom??

She was reassured by the doctor that I would survive and as long as I was healthy not to worry – guess I turned out o.k.

With all those cold Wisconsin winters I endured as a kid tomato soup and grilled cheese was a frequent lunch and sometimes even dinner at our house.

Now that I am older and wiser and not quite as picky of an eater (o.k. I still do have some food issues!) I still love tomato soup and grilled cheese – just a more sophisticated version.

Remember all those tomatoes  I am being overrun with? This week, in addition to a few other tomato dishes that I’ll share next week,  I made tomato soup – Fresh Tomato and Herb Soup.  This is actually one of the very first recipes I shared when I began my blog a year ago.  Since it is one of my favorites I figured it was worthy of a repeat and the first time I posted it I didn’t include a photo.

To make the soup even a little bit more grown up I love to top it with Gorgonzola cheese and pine nuts

Tessa and I enjoyed the soup for dinner last night (Jim was out of town, but I saved him some leftovers).  I made our grown up version of grilled cheese too – no plastic wrapped squares of American cheese and white bread like when I was a kid.  I used cheddar, swiss and provolone and then used asiago cheese focaccia bread from Safeway for the 4th cheese and cooked them on the panini grill – aren’t I sophisticated!

A perfect combination!

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Grown Up Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallots, minced
  • 4 C of vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ C chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 4 C tomato juice
  • ¼ C chopped fresh basil
  • ½ C sliced green onions
  • ½ C cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the garlic and shallots.
  3. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes or until the shallots are tender and opaque.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, parsley and tomato juice.
  5. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Add the basil and green onions, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender (let it cool first to avoid an explosion!)
  8. Pour the pureed soup back into the pan.
  9. Add the heavy cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Garnish with Gorgonzola cheese and pine nuts
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Dawn says

    I also ate a ton of tomato soup and grilled cheese (toasted cheese as we called it) when I was a kid. It must have been popular at the time. Growing up on a farm, we grew and canned tomatoes every summer, so my mom made homemade while I secretly pined for Campbells.

  2. Tamara Reber says

    Thanks, Leigh Anne for these wonderful, nostalgic recipes. I too grew up on Campbell’s Soup. . . .This week a friend had me over for a light dinner. I was so pleased to see she had made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup out of a can. YUM! YUM! Our Grandma Jane made the best homemade tomato soup…Oh, the memories. It would have been her BD this past week–what a super cook she was!

  3. Mary Anne Best says

    I didn’t just feed you cold soup. Did you forget the cold hotdogs you ate every morning for breakfast!!

  4. says

    Mary Anne Best »

    Mom – no I didn’t forget I just thought I wouldn’t reveal all our family secrets at one time – LOL!!! You have always been a wonderful cook mom but you just ended up with a crazy eater for a child, glad I grew out of that cold soup and cold hot dog phase so I could appreciate your good cooking.

  5. Sylvia says

    Too cute! I love the comments between you and your mom. I too was raised on toasted cheese sandwiches but no tomato soup of any kind. I did take coconut sandwiches or avocado sandwiches or cheese sandwiches to school on homemade brown (whole wheat)bread which had been baked in a large tomato juice can and which I tried to hide as I ate lunch every day in the cafeteria while other kids ate hot lunches or wonderful bean burritos (and which I longed for). I discovered your web page thru my daughter Missy (fairychild)and I will be making your recipes. Of course I always have to improvise. Thank you for sharing. Missy’s Mom, Sylvia


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