As a kid, I wasn't really into tomatoes. I basically liked ketchup. I also enjoyed dipping my grilled cheese sandwich into a warm bowl of tomato soup. I didn't actually eat the tomato soup on its own, but I always had to have it with my grilled cheese. At least I got part of it right back then.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is a classic comfort food. It always reminds me of Minnesota snow days, which were the happiest days of all when I was growing up. I remember listening to the radio early in the morning with my little brother (Lee) and hoping that our school was on the list of cancellations. When we heard our school on the list, we would immediately throw on our snowsuits, grab our sleds and head out to meet our neighborhood friends. After a few hours of sledding, we were starving. Grilled cheese with tomato soup was a frequent go-to and while we wolfed them down, we'd watch The Price is Right with Bob Barker followed by Young and the Restless so we could learn the latest scandal between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott.
Anyway, when I realized I haven't shared this recipe combination for the blog yet, I knew it would be the perfect comfort food to help start off the week. One of my favorite things to do with tomatoes is to roast them. It enhances the flavors for this soup and the flavor of the basil shines through so perfectly. I also add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat. It's SO good. I use a couple of different cheeses for my grilled cheese sandwiches, but this recipe is flexible, so use the cheese of your choice. Just be sure to get really, really good bread.
You are going to love this one.
All Images © Regan Baroni 2016.