Today it was raining, and nothing sounds better than grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup when the rain is coming down. So, my husband built a fire in the fireplace and we had my fancy version of the grilled cheese with tomato soup. Here is how I did it.
I started with the Campbell’s tomato soup concentrate. I opened that and poured it into a pot, then added a can of water. I put that on the stove over medium low heat and stirred it till it was combined. Then I turned it to low and started on the sandwiches (returning to stir it sporadically).
For the sandwiches, I started with Wonder white bread (because that is my favorite and I love how soft it is with the slight crunch on the outside), but you can use whatever bread you like. Sourdough is an option my husband likes. I pulled out enough for each of us (1 sandwich for me and 2 for my husband so I pulled out 6 slices). Stir the soup. Set those aside and slice your cheese. For these, I did 1 slice of smoked gruyere (not quite the size of the bread) and 2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese (enough to cover the bread with 1 layer). I usually just do the cheddar which is simple yet classic, but wanted to spice it up this time. Other tasty options are provolone, pepperjack, or adding some parmesan. Once you have the cheese sliced, set that aside. Stir the soup. Using room temperature butter (or margarine), butter one side of all bread slices. Stir the soup. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add half your bread, butter side down, to the skillet. Top the bread with the cheese, then top that with the rest of the bread, butter side up (so when you flip it the butter hits the skillet). Let that sit a few minutes, then take a peek. It should be a nice golden brown color like you see in the picture. Then flip it and let the other side cook. Stir the soup. Once they are both the perfect golden brown and the cheese is all melted inside, remove to a plate and let sit a couple minutes before cutting (which I skipped because we were hungry and therefore the cheese melted out). Stir the soup.
When you are ready to serve, cut the sandwiches diagonally, and serve the soup in a nice bowl topped with pepper (if you like). Emjoy!