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Tomato-Basil Soup with Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

  • 2 medium
  • 2 sticks
  • ½ (8 oz) block
    cheddar cheese
  • 16 fl oz
    chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans
    diced tomatoes
  • 1 small pkg
    fresh basil
  • 4 cloves
  • 4
  • 8 slices
    whole grain bread
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion
    black pepper
    butter, unsalted
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1
    Remove butter from fridge and allow to soften in the microwave or on the counter.
    4 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 2
    Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • 3
    Peel and small dice onion. Peel and mince garlic.
    1 medium yellow onion
    4 cloves garlic
  • 4
    Coat bottom of saucepan with oil. Add onion and garlic; begin cooking while you chop the carrot and celery.
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5
    Wash and thinly slice carrots and celery; add to saucepan. Stirring occasionally, cook until carrots and celery have softened, 6-7 minutes.
    2 medium carrots
    2 sticks celery
  • 6
    Wash and medium dice tomatoes.
    4 tomatoes
  • 7
    Wash basil. Pick leaves off the stems; discard the stems and thinly slice the leaves into ribbons.
    1 small pkg fresh basil
  • 8
    Add fresh and canned tomatoes, broth, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
    16 fl oz (2 cups) chicken or vegetable broth
    1 tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 9
    Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • 10
    Grate 1 cup of cheddar.
    ½ (8 oz) block cheddar cheese
  • 11
    Spread butter onto 1 side of each bread slice and place buttered-side down on a flat surface.
    8 slices whole grain bread
  • 12
    Divide cheddar between 4 of the bread slices and top with the other slices. Place in the skillet and gently press down with a spatula. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown, 2-4 minutes per side.
  • 13
    Add basil to the soup and stir. Purée soup until smooth using a hand or regular blender.
  • 14
    Pour soup into a bowl and service with grilled cheese on the side. Enjoy!