Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheddar-Basil Sandwiches

“This creamy tomato soup is an updated version of a childhood favorite — Muir Glen’s consistently fresh tomato flavor and moisture content make it a perfect soup base that will deliver the same great flavors every time you make it.” says Chef Will Gilson from Garden at the Cellar Gastropub in Boston

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Soup

1/4
cup olive oil
1
medium onion, diced
1
tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2
cans (14.5 oz each) Muir Glen™ Organic or Meridian Ruby™ diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper

Sandwiches

1/4
cup butter, softened, or olive oil
12
slices white bread
12
slices aged Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
12
large fresh basil leaves

  • 1 In 4-quart saucepan, heat olive oil, onion and garlic over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft and translucent.
  • 2 Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes; heat 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add remaining soup ingredients. In blender, place soup mixture. Cover; puree until smooth.
  • 3 Spread butter on 1 side of each bread slice. Arrange 6 slices bread, buttered side down, on work surface, and place 2 slices cheese and 2 basil leaves on each bread slice. Top with remaining 6 bread slices, buttered sides up. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook 2 sandwiches at a time over medium heat until golden brown and cheese just melts; repeat for remaining sandwiches. Serve with soup.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
510
(
Calories from Fat
320),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
35g
35%
(Saturated Fat
17g,
17%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
1150mg
1150%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.