Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.

 

A cozy retro meal with a fresh twist.

 

Want to make somebody’s face light up? Just say “grilled cheese and tomato soup” and watch them go right back to their childhood.   

 

Everyone I know has a fond memory associated with grilled cheese and tomato soup. It’s the culinary equivalent of a hug from your Mom.

 

When the first nip of autumn fills the evening, I’d love to serve grilled cheese and tomato soup at a party.

 

But I don’t like the idea of getting stuck in my kitchen grilling individual sandwiches while my guests eat in shifts. Of course, I could cook up a batch of sammies under the broiler but you know me. Bright ideas just pop into my head and I got to thinking . . .  

 

What if I could make one big warm and toasty sandwich big enough to share?

 

So, I’ve been working on perfecting a giant slab of melty, gooey, crunchy, cheesy goodness.

 

You in?

I thought so.

 

 

THE BIG CHEESE

Yield: 4 servings Time: 25 minutes

 

Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

  • One loaf Italian or French Bread OR a nice big focaccia
  • 12 to 16 oz. cheese – sliced
  • Butter
  • Cooking spray
  • Two baking sheets, foil and a heavy, oven safe pan

 

 

Here’s How:

 

  1. Preheat oven and two baking sheets to 350°. Slice cheese.Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.
  2. Slice the bread in half horizontally.
  3. Place cheese on the bottom slice and cover with the top slice.Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.
  4. Spread a layer of butter over the entire outside of the sandwich, top and bottom. I used an “everything” loaf so I used cooking spray in place of butter and it worked great. Can you imagine trying to spread butter on top of an everything loaf? Me either.
  5. Spray the shiny side of a large piece of aluminum foil. Wrap sandwich tightly, shiny side in. 
  6. Place sandwich on hot baking sheet and top with the second sheet. Use the heavy pan to weigh it down, like a panini press.  Bake for 15 minutes, let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.

 

 

Now that we have a super sandwich we need a superb soup in which to dunk it.

 

This soup is bursting with fresh tomato flavor. If you’ve only had tomato soup from a can, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing. 

 

I’ve used San Marzano tomatoes, known for their sweetness and juicy, meaty texture for this recipe. Kroger’s Private Selections offers them at store brand price. Score!

 

 

NOT YOUR MAMA’S TOMATO SOUP

 

Yield: 4 servings Time: 25 minutes

 

 

What You’ll Need:

 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • One medium sweet onion – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • One pinch red pepper flakes – optional
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans San Marzano tomatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Salt

 

 

Here’s How:

 

    1. In a large sauce pan on medium low heat; heat the olive oil and butter and add the onion. Sweat the onion until translucent.
    2. Meanwhile, open the tomatoes and run a kitchen scissor through the tomatoes right in the can to break them up.Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.
    3. Add the garlic to the onions and stir until fragrant, add the pepper flakes.Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.
    4. Pour the tomatoes into the sauce pan and stir. Turn the heat to medium and bring just to a simmer.
    5. Turn heat back to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  (Now is a good time to make the sandwich.) 
    6. Remove the soup from the heat and puree to desired consistency. Use an immersion (stick) blender or puree in batches in a blender.  Add cream and salt to taste.

 

 

I use my immersion blender all the time, much easier than dragging out the blender for a pot of soup. Easier to clean, too.

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)

 

Not a fan of tomato soup? I won’t hold it against you (for long).

 

But, you’ll love this recipe Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup, Just tell the grilled cheese

 

Now, slice that sandwich and dish up the soup.

 

Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.

 

Dip, eat, repeat.

 

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About the author

I’m penny pinching, party planning Diva Patti AKA Patti Diamond and I’ve been saving the world one dime at a time for years.

Divas are rich even when they’re broke because they know life isn’t about money. I’m here to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to live a life filled with style, elegance and grace.

My spirit animal is bacon and vodka. I can have two animals, right?

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