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dress up a can of tomato soup

Sick as a dog today and barely managing.  But managing, nonetheless.  Wanted to pop in and say hi with a cheater recipe.


If you know me at all you know that I am totally into cheating, or at least doing things the easy way if possible.  Over the years I've found some ways to check the "made dinner for family" box without having to actually cook too much.  I happen to love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, but I always feel like the soup is missing something (hard to imagine that plopping a can of condensed soup into a warm pot isn't "homemade enough," isn't it?).

So here's what you do:

  1. using a little olive oil, saute a couple of tablespoons of onion.

  2. add the soup and MILK (don't use water, ick).

  3. add minced baby carrots to taste (about 4 or 5). The trick here is to add a little flavor and chunk without cluttering the soup too much.

  4. Simmer on low to allow the carrots to cook, careful to stir so milk doesn't burn. 

  5. Top with parmesan cheese and basil. 

Add a stack of golden-delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and enjoy!  James, who is notoriously difficult to please, even enjoys this comfort meal.


Carrie - yum! grilled cheese with tomato soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. this sounds like a great way to dress it up a little bit. hope you get to feeling better soon…

Hannah Shaw - YUM! I will have to try this. I really hope you feel better very soon!

karen - Clay is easy to please…almost too easy. Even if I know something I made tastes dreadful, he will say “it’s not too bad,” and eat it all. I will have to try your tomoato soup. I am usually not a fan but this may do the trick. Thanks!

Jackie - That sounds like the perfect recipe on a cold day like today! Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany - That sounds so yummy! I hope you get to feeling better! I really enjoy reading your blog, and I wanted to let you know that you are one of my crafty blogs this week!

celia - Lovely recipe! I love canned tomato soup and this is great! I love to add mozzarella to it!

miss chris - I tried this today and Mmmm Mmmm Good. Perfect combo with a grilled swiss… thanks so much for sharing your trick. xoxo

jkb - My husband and I do a version of this… we call it grown up grilled cheese. I make the creamy tomato soup recipe from Debra Madson’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone… it is as simple as what you do to the canned soup! As for the grilled cheese we use fresh motzorella, pesto, and basil. So good.