Off The Vine Tomato Soup & Gouda, Brie, Arugula Grilled Cheese

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Made with fresh tomatoes that I picked up at the market and basil from our garden, this was quite possibly the best tomato soup we've ever had. 

To me, it's all about using local, quality, fresh ingredients and creating something simple from them.
We had grilled cheese sammies to go along with it, stuffed with arugula & some of our favorite cheeses:  gouda for Cam {his other love} & brie for me.  

 Tomatoes are a staple in our kitchen.  They make me think of my Mika {my Bosnian Grandma} who told Cam and I when we visited her in Florida, to eat tomatoes as often as we can because they are packed with vitamins, calcium, potassium, and are great for your heart.  You can taste how fresh and good-for-you this soup really is.

Off The Vine Tomato Soup & Gouda, Brie, Arugula Grilled Cheese

Soup: {Serves 6}
3 cups of pureed fresh tomatoes {I used about 3 Tomatoes on the Vine, 1 Heirloom & a bunch/container of cherry tomatoes - feel free to use whatever is available in your area}
2 yellow onions finely chopped
Fresh Basil Leaves
4 Cloves of Garlic
2 teaspoons of pepper
2 teaspoons of salt {+ more for taste}
Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of chili powder

2 cups of low-sodium free-range chicken broth
1 can {15oz} Cannellini Beans
1 small can of tomato sauce or paste
1 can of diced tomatoes {15oz}
Bacon & Pecorino for topping

Thinly sliced Brie or Gouda {or Gruyere!}
Your favorite bread

In the soup pot, drizzle enough olive oil to cover the bottom and saute 4 chopped cloves of garlic until lightly browned. Add the thinly diced onions and saute for about 15-20 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and chili powder. Using a food processor or blender, puree the tomatoes. Stir in the tomato puree, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and beans. Bring to a boil and then simmer for atleast an hour. {The longer the better!}

Cook the bacon until crispy in a medium pan. Blot off the grease and chop into small pieces. If you're a vegetarian, omit this step... or take my word and try it this once! It adds so much flavor to the soup. And this is coming from the girl who used to hate bacon!

At this point, you can either leave the soup chunky as is, or puree it to make it a smooth consistency. Serve with freshly grated Pecorino, crispy bacon pieces and chopped fresh basil, and either a Brie or Gouda Arugula grilled cheese. (:

Sandwiches: Brush both pieces of the bread on one side with olive oil.  Turn over and layer on pieces of Brie or Gouda on the non-oiled side. Heap on Arugula, sprinkle on a bit of salt for taste and top with the other piece of bread, pressing down firmly. Toast either under the broiler or on a pan on medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted and oozing.


  1. Girl... you seriously always post the best recipes! Totally doing this :)


  2. tomato soup and grilled cheese is by far one of my fav meal combos.

  3. Seriously....I'm dying. Your husband is a lucky man.

  4. Beautiful, yummy, fresh cuisine! Love it!

  5. oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious.

  6. How you do it, one will never know. I see a fabulous cookbook in your future!

  7. Now I have to make this soup! Easy to make and with simple ingredients! I have a lot of tomatoes for fall.

    Thank you for the recipe Amanda :)

  8. Anonymous26.9.12

    Yum Yum YUM! You know Paula Dean is going to have to make this soon but he might add some applewood smoked cheddar AND bacon to that grilled cheese sammy...
    love you! ~lanneybear
    ps. LOVE the fall leaf plates you have (from PB I am guessing!)

  9. You always make the best meals! I have so many tomatoes right now I am going to have to try this!

  10. I'm not a huge fan of tomato soup - but I think I'd really like your version - a much fresher version!

  11. Lanneybear, you know me too well. Of course they're from PB!! Miss you!!

  12. I'm usually not a fan of tomato soup - I always feel like it's missing pasta or something.

    I think I'll have to try your version, especially with the melted gouda sandwiches.


  13. Tomato soup with grilled cheese is my idea of pure comfort!

  14. Hey! I'm a huge tomato fan myself and have been told they taste better when you don't refrigerate them, but leave them out on the counter instead. I've been doing that lately and it seems to be true. Just thought I'd pass along the tip!

  15. This is pretty much a perfect meal!

  16. My fellow tomato lover, did you know that keeping tomatoes in the refrigerator makes them mushy? Keep them out on the counter in a fruit basket and they taste much better and keep just as well!

    Your food styling is amazing! Beautiful. I'm seriously hungry now. :)

  17. Oh gosh yummy yummy! My favorite combo is tomato soup and grilled cheese, and this is it all grown up!

  18. YUM!!! it is that time of year :) i just hosted a girls night where i made mini grilled cheeses & tomato soup :) XO brynn

  19. Looks amazing! (as always). You just can't go wrong w/ tomato soup and grilled cheese, can you? Our favorite tomato soup is actually a tomato bisque - and here's the has TOFU in it. So weird. But sooooo delicious, and it's all blended in the end, so nobody ever knows it's there, but it makes the soup so creamy and rich and delicious.... Ok, obviously I'm reliving the sensation in my mouth - and rambling...and maybe drooling Sorry! - Hope you're having a wonderful week so far my dear!

  20. Delish! and tomatoes do taste much better if you keep them out of the fridge. Will be making this tomorrow, yum yum! x

  21. Thanks for the tips ladies! I have to keep them in the fridge or they grow mold within the first day because its so humid here... But thank you! (:

  22. Oh sweet goodness! I can't wait to make this.

    Side note: Can I pretty please be invited to your cookbook release party?

  23. seriously amanda? stop it. your recipes are so yummy looking and so darn pretty!!! thanks again for my sunday night meal coming to my hubby via my kitchen and your blog :) xox

  24. This is my ideal picnic food. Lovely.

  25. Just made this recipe for Jurgen and a friend... it was delicious! :)


  26. i think of you everytime i buy tomatoes or eat them. i always try to think what you would do with them. obviously i never make anything as delicious as your recipes or as pretty

  27. YUM! This is the best combination ever and yours looks even more delicious than any tomato soup / grilled cheese combo that I've ever had!


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