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Fresh Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sticks Recipe

Fresh Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sticks
Source: divas can cook

Ingredients

  • TOMATO SOUP
  • 5 medium-sized vine-ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ white onion, sliced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnishing
  • oregano, sprig
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (can use more or less)
  • smoked sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • heavy cream
  • GRILLED CHEESE
  • 8 slices sandwich bread ( I use potato bread)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I like to use a mixture of different cheeses)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (can add more if desired)
  • parsley
PREP TIME
10m
COOK TIME
35m
TOTAL TIME
45m
YIELD
4 servings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Brush a foil-line baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  • Cut tomatoes in half and place cut side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place onions and whole garlic cloves on the baking sheet.
  • Arrange everything in a single layer.
  • Roast for 35-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Remove the skins from the tomatoes (they should slip right off. You can leave the skin on the cherry tomatoes if you plan on blending it really well)
  • Peel cooled garlic and place into the blender, followed by the tomatoes, onions, basil and oregano.
  • Blend until smooth (or lightly chunky if you prefer.)
  • Transfer mixture to a large deep skillet or pot.
  • Stir in enough chicken broth just until your desired consistency is reached.
  • Bring to a simmer and simmer gently until hot.
  • You now have a GREAT base. Time to bring it to life!
  • Add in smoked salt and black pepper a little at a time until well seasoned being sure to taste after each addition. Salt & pepper really brings out the flavor!
  • Use white sugar to bring down the acidity and to lightly sweeten if needed.
  • Feel free to add in garlic powder, onion powder or dried oregano and parsley for more flavor.
  • Ladle soup into bowls & garnish with fresh basil and a splash of heavy cream.
  • To prepare the grilled cheese, heat griddle on medium heat.
  • Mix together mayonnaise, garlic and enough parsley for a pop of color.
  • Brush 4 slices of bread with the mayo mixture and place mayo side down on the griddle.
  • Spinkle on cheese.
  • Brush the top slices of bread with the mayo mixture and place on top of the cheese (mayo side up)
  • When the underside of the sandwiches are golden, flip over and allow the other side to turn golden.
  • (Press the sandwiches a little with a spatula to flatten.)
  • When both sides are golden, remove from griddle and cut into 3 sticks.
  • Serve alongside the tomato soup.
  • Enjoy!

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