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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hearty Tomato Basil Soup with Focaccia Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Are you wondering where I've been?  I actually took a vacation for a week and went up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  No cell phones, no computer and absolutely no posting!  The aspens were just starting to change and the cool mountain air was very invigorating. The colors of Fall....




When we returned I was chasing my 14 month old grandson for 5 days while his parents and sister went to Disney World.  No time for cooking much less posting recipes.  




On the last day I did manage to make homemade tomato basil soup with a focaccia grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.  It is a very thick hearty soup that sticks to your ribs!  Good for dipidge...




The Soup Players!



Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh basil.


Heat  1 (28oz ) can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup of half-n-half, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste for 10 minutes.  Add in chopped basil and continue to heat for additional 5 minutes.    


Puree with a blender or a stick blend until your desired consistency (mine is creamy and pureed for about 5 minutes with my handy Cuisinart Stick blender.
No, I am not sponsored by Cuisinart at this time!!!



Thick, rich and creamy!


Yum!



Sandwich Players!



Cut your focaccia bread into desired size and slice down the middle, add cheese to the middle and grill in hot skillet until cheese is melted.  This sandwich is a great complement to this soup.  Now get dipping!!!!



The Recipe:

Tomato Basil Soup with Focaccia Grilled Cheese Sandwich

1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomato
1/2 cup of half-n-half
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh basil.  Heat  1 (28oz ) can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup of half-n-half, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste for 10 minutes.  Add in chopped basil and continue to heat for additional 5 minutes.    

Puree with a blender or a stick blend until your desired consistency (mine is creamy and pureed for about 5 minutes with my handy Cuisinart Stick blender).

Cut your focaccia bread into desired size and slice down the middle, add cheese to the middle and grill in hot skillet until cheese is melted.  This sandwich is a great complement to this soup.  Now get dipping!!!!

Happy Eating !







1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perfect for fall!

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