The Best Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup Combo For A Lazy Fall Dinner

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the king of all comfort food. No other sandwich can capture the simplicity and sophistication of a grilled cheese. When you bite into the crunchy, perfectly grilled buttery bread and get a bite of melted cheese, all you can think about is taking a second bite. Dipping grilled cheese into tomato soup is a cold weather tradition, and one we fully support.

Grilled cheese has actually been a popular sandwich for many years. During the Great Depression, many families looked to the grilled cheese as a cheap staple that could sustain them. During WWII, the grilled cheese was also a favorite of the Allied armed forces, which helped the sandwich find its way into official cookbooks. Combining cheese with bread, however, is a practice that was originally found in Roman cookbooks, making the grilled cheese one of the oldest sandwiches.

If, like us, you crave a grilled cheese and tomato soup the moment temperatures start to dip, we recommend the following.

Parmesan-Crusted Pesto-Gruyère Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese recipe combines cheesy pesto, Gruyère, and sharp Parmigiano-Reggiano. It's simple enough that you won't mess it up, but unorthodox enough that you've likely never had a grilled cheese quite like this before. Make your basil pesto from scratch to give this sandwich tons of fresh flavor. Since Parmigiano-Reggiano is a key ingredient in pesto, adding pesto to your grilled cheese really brings out the cheesy taste.

Click here for the Parmesan-Crusted Pesto-Gruyère Grilled Cheese recipe.

Tomato Soup

Now for grilled cheese's best friend: tomato soup. Finding a perfect tomato soup is not a simple task. It must contain a creamy texture that's not so thick that it overpowers the grilled cheese, while still retaining a distinct tomato flavor. This recipe uses fresh tomatoes, onion, celery, and carrots to make sure you're getting the taste of fresh vegetables in every bite.

Click here for the Tomato Soup Recipe.