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9.12.2012

Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches


  This soup is the bomb. It has amazing flavor, and is so comforting. The only thing I thought would make it even better.....


Grilled cheeeeese.


Mozzarella grilled cheese..... to be exact.

Heaven.

On.

Earth.

Dip these babies in that tomato soup, and you will be a happy camper, my friends.

DELISH!


Tomato Basil Soup
Recipe adapted from: The Novice Chef

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 (14 ounce) cans Hunt's Fire Roasted tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup half and half
20 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste


Directions: In a heavy bottomed pot, over medium-high heat, pour in the olive oil and saute onion until translucent. Add chopped garlic. Saute with onion another 2 minutes.

Add the cans of fire roasted tomatoes (including the juice) to the pan and cover for about 15 minutes, stirring as needed. Add the chicken stock, and half & half. Bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered, for another 10 minutes or until it thickens slightly.

Stir in the chopped fresh basil and salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium-low and cook another 5 minutes.

Using an immerison blender (or carefully transfer hot soup to a blender) and puree soup until there are no large chunks. Serve immediately with grilled cheese or warm french bread! ENJOY!



Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches
Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart

1 pound fresh whole milk Mozzarella, cut into thin slices
8 (1/2 inch thick) firm white sandwich bread slices
2 large eggs
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon course salt
pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter


Directions: Place 2-4 slices of mozzarella on 4 pieces of bread. Top with other pieces of bread to form sandwiches.

In a wide shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the half & half, thyme, salt and nutmeg. Whisk well to combine.

In a large nonstick pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and cook until sizzling stops.

Dip 2 of the sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to coat. Place sandwiches in the pan and cook until golden brown on the first side ( about 2 minutes). Flip over and brown on the other side.

Transfer sandwiches to a platter and repeat process with other 2 sandwiches.

Cut sandwiches in half, and serve immediately.


12 comments:

Now Serving said...

My and my toddler are coming over - this is our favorite lunch menu and since you already have it made perhaps we'll just join you? :)

Mal said...

Perfect combo! This looks absolutely delicious

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Jocelyn said...

Is it bad that I just want to skip the soup and dive right into the grilled cheese??? Those are incredible looking...I have never done grilled cheese with eggs before...I'm thinking it's about time:-)

Nellie said...

Oh, yum! My lunch for today! Thanks for such a good idea!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

It sounds so DUH-no-brainer, but I've never thought to use mozzarella in my grilled cheese sammies before! I guess I've always been a Kraft grilled cheese kinda kid-turned-woman and never thought outside the box. It reminds me of a mozzarella stick with creamy homemade tomato soup. YUM!

Kim said...

Loving the new header. Looks perfect for fall!

yummychunklet said...

That grilled cheese looks fantastic!

Michelle said...

Total comfort food combination.

The Better Baker said...

Yup - I agree with Michelle...my thoughts exactly. TOTAL COMFORT FOOD COMBO! What an interesting sandwich! And I adore grilled cheese with tomato soup. If I come over will you fix this for me? =)

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Carolina HeartStrings said...

Love our new look. This soup looks delicious and so does the grilled cheese. My favorite combination.

Mama G @ bigcraftyblog.blogspot.com said...

Glad I found this recipe! I saw it on Pinterest but it took me to dailysouprecipe.com which looked like a fishy site and no pictures. I saw your blog name on the picture and that is how I found it. Looks really good! I have a bunch of frozen cherry tomatoes I need to use asap so I am thinking of roasting them.