creamy tomato soup with mini toasted cheese sammys

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Wow! what a day. Lots of things happening right now, just trying to stay balanced while I keep all the plates spinning. I’m sure once I get use to this new, self-imposed schedule it will feel more natural and I’ll relax. I really do like the feeling of getting so much done…

I did take a little break and walk up to the antique shop to see what there was to see. I ended up finding lots of great glassware for my food photos…crystal tumblers and vintage glass champagne/wine glasses…and depression glass custard cups. Some orphaned teacups and saucers that are mismatched, just the way I like them. I found a couple vintage cookbooks too. Fun odds and ends.

Tonight I’m looking forward to signing off early, watching a movie, and working on my yarn projects. So many pretty things. I can’t wait to share them in this space.

Here’s a cozy soup recipe for you. It’s my favorite recipe for cream of tomato soup. Lovely, lovely stuff. Jeff and Gracie go bonkers over it. Serve your grilled cheese sandwiches traditional style or cut into tiny triangles and put on a skewer for easy dipping and munching.

for the soup:

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

8 oz. cream cheese

2 cans Amy’s Organic Cream of Tomato Soup

3 cups milk

2 cans petite diced tomatoes (including the juice)

1 Tablespoon dried basil (or fresh, if you have it)

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce (or your favorite)

3 Tablespoons sugar

chicken stock for thinning (optional)

Melt butter in a heavy stock pot or Dutch oven. Gently saute onions until tender (about 4 minutes.) Add cream cheese, cans of tomato soup, milk and tomatoes. Lower heat and stir with a wire whisk until soup ingredients are evenly incorporated. Add basil, parsley, salt, pepper, hot sauce and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon until soup begins to simmer and get hot. Stir constantly, watching closely, until soup is completely heated through to your liking. Don’t turn the heat up too high or your soup will burn to the bottom of the pot. Thin with a little chicken stock if it seems too thick.

Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches…. mmmmmm…. soooo good!

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  12 comments for “creamy tomato soup with mini toasted cheese sammys

  1. January 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Melissa,

    Your presentation is absolutely gorgeous. What you can do with a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich highlights your talent in such a memorable way.

    • Melissa
      January 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Jackie! I want to hug you, you sweetie 🙂 thanks so much for such a nice compliment. You made my day. XO

  2. January 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Beautiful presentation! The soup looks very comforting and creamy. What a great idea to put the grilled cheese on a stick! They look so cute.

    • Melissa
      January 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      thank you! yes, the skewer is kind of a fun way to garnish the soup, and kids seem to love it! 🙂

  3. January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I cannot wait to try this soup and those cute little sandwiches! I am sorry to say I did not know that you had a blog! I cannot wait to add you to my blog roll!

    • Melissa
      January 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Hello Elizabeth 🙂 I’m so pleased you like the recipe! I so appreciate your support. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I will be over tomorrow to peruse your blog and return the favor. XO

  4. January 4, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I’m not craving Cream of Tomato soup and little bitty grilled cheese sammys! Lovely, dear! <3 and hugs!

    • Melissa
      January 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

      thanks so much my sweetie Debi! Hugs 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful weekend! HUGS!

  5. M
    January 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Just made it today and it was delicious. It’s kind of semi-homemade which makes it easy to prepare in less than 15 min. I added 1 cup less milk and 1 tablesp less sugar, still stated good. I think the seasoning recommendations were otherwise great- it didn’t need more seasoning to my taste. Many tomato soup recipes require roasting tomatoes and it can get messy and time consuming, often leaving a metallic taste when done improperly. This had a distinctive solid tomato taste. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Melissa
      January 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      thanks so much for your awesome review and honest comments! I will try your revisions the next time I make it! xoxo 🙂

  6. Julie
    May 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    I was wondering what size Cream of Tomato soup I should purchase? I don’t believe my store carries Amy’s. I was also wondering what size petite diced tomatoes cans I should buy?

    Thanks so much Melissa!

    • Melissa
      May 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Hi Julie! 🙂

      Just use 2 (10 oz. cans) of tomato soup… whatever kind you can find. I like Amy’s because it’s natural with no MSG. And use 2 (15 oz. cans) of the petite diced tomatoes. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the recipe.

      XO,
      ~M

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