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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tomato soup paired with a buttery grilled cheese sandwich is a classic combo especially on a cold day. Take this soup to the next level with a drizzle of truffle oil.
Course Lunch
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Yields 2 portions of soup and sandwich
Author Emi


Tomato Soup

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • cup white onion rough chop
  • 5 large cloves garlic rough chop
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon paste Note: I use Better than Bouillon Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Soup Garnish

  • sprig of fresh thyme or fresh basil if on hand
  • black pepper freshly cracked
  • truffle oil drizzle

Grilled Cheese

  • 2 sourdough slices
  • butter
  • 2 slices Fontina cheese
  • 2 slices Gruyère cheese
  • garlic powder
  • fresh rosemary chopped
  • fresh thyme


  1. For the soup: Heat oil in a medium sized pot, over medium-high heat and sauté onion and garlic for 5 to 10 minutes until softened and slightly brown. Add tomatoes, chicken bouillon paste, water, basil and red pepper flakes. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes.Using a hand blender, purée the soup until desired smoothness.
  2. For the grilled cheese: Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat. While the pan heats, generously butter the top and bottom of the sourdough slices. Place bread butter-side down on the pan, top the unbuttered side with several slices of cheese and sprinkle with seasonings (garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme). Top with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Cook until the bread is golden brown on the bottom, flip, and cook until the cheese is melted and the other side is brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Cut in half.
  3. To plate: Ladle the soup into a bowl and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme, fresh cracked black pepper, and light drizzle of truffle oil. Serve alongside grilled cheese sandwich.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe Gluten Free, substitute the following ingredients:

  • Bouillon - use a gluten free bouillon cube or paste such as GoBio or Better than Bouillon
  • Bread - use a gluten free bread of your choice