Tomato Basil Soup + Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese

I’m tired and feeling a little uninspired at the moment with just 45 mins to get dinner ready. After a quick flip through the pile of papers and recipes to try, I land on a favorite. Comfort food to the rescue!


Comfort food to the rescue

This recipe was scribbled on a scratch piece of paper by a sous chef at a four star resort I worked at and it was a favorite at the restaurant. I couldn’t believe it used canned tomatoes and sauce! But that makes this super fast to make. Add a parmesan crusted grilled cheese and night made.

So, I’m going to share my secret recipe because I love you…and you’ll love it.

Tomato Basil Soup (Bisque)

2 T olive oil

1 small to medium yellow onion diced

15 oz can tomato sauce

2 – 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 T balsamic vinegar

2 T sherry

4 cups heavy cream (or half and half but it’s a little grainy looking) **I’ll admit I use less, just to save some calories.

fresh basil – chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Sautee onion in olive oil until soft. Add Sherry and cook for a couple minutes until reduced. Then add all tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, cream and half of cornstarch mixture.

Let simmer on low heat until warmed through (about 20 to 30 minutes). Note, don’t try to rush by turning it up, you’ll scald the cream. Add additional cornstarch mixture to thicken as desired/needed and add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix in fresh, chopped basil just before serving and garnish the top of each serving with a little more if desired.

This soup is amazing with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich, but I sneak a little grated parmesan onto the outside of the sandwich (easiest to sprinkle on pan and set sandwich on top of it). The crispy cheese on the outside is an awesome extra little kiss for your mouth and makes your family feel extra special. ❤