Eight ways to serve the grilled cheese sandwich's favorite sidekick.
Consider the juicy, red tomato. It is one of the easiest plants to grow in the summer, so easy that we plant way too much and spend the summer weeding, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting basketfuls of cherry tomatoes, Better Boys, Cherokee Purples, and Beefsteaks. We slice them into sandwiches, dice them into salads, and serve them over grits or eggs. Tomatoes always hold a place of honor on the Southern Vegetable Plate, and we love to share our excess produce with our family and friends. Another reason we love the prolific tomato is that it can be frozen or canned, stored away for the cold winter months when we crave a taste of summer goodness. There are several ways of incorporating the versatile tomato into a soup; with some additional ingredients, frozen or canned tomatoes can be turned into a thick and creamy comforting dish. Many grew up loving a bowl of warm tomato soup and a hearty sandwich, either for lunch or an early supper on a chilly evening. Reach for a can of that beloved store brand and add a few ingredients to kick it up a notch, or start from scratch and make your own. Check out this selection of tomato soup recipes and find the perfect one that fits your needs.
Recipe: Tomato-Basil Bisque
The addition of buttermilk and fresh basil gives a hearty, homemade taste to the favorite pantry staple, canned tomato soup.
Roasted Tomato-Eggplant Soup with Garlic Croutons
This tomato soup gets extra creaminess from roasted eggplant and sweetness from caramelized onions and carrots.
Mexican Tomato Soup
Recipe: Mexican Tomato Soup
This is not your average bowl of tomato soup. Chicken, tortillas, spices, and queso fresco come together to make a savory bowl of Tex-Mex goodness.
Dressed-Up Tomato Soup
Recipe: Dressed-Up Tomato Soup
Canned tomato soup gets a makeover with the addition of Italian-style diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and fresh ground pepper. Adorn with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh parsley before serving.
Basil Tomato Soup
Recipe: Basil Tomato Soup
Homemade tomato soup hits the spot on chilly days and cold nights. Substitute fried okra for the usual croutons, and add a hot grilled cheese to complete a warm, savory meal.
Green Tomato Soup with Lump Crabmeat
Green tomatoes are not just for frying. This colorful, peppery soup and easy crab salad, perfect for a summer brunch or late afternoon supper, can be made up to a day ahead and chilled in the fridge.
Recipe: Tomato Bisque
This thick and creamy bisque will make an elegant addition to your holiday dinner. The addition of strong coffee gives it a superior depth.
Summer Tomato Water Soup
Recipe: Summer Tomato Water Soup
This chilled soup brings some of the best flavors of summer together in one bowl. Use your excess tomatoes, blueberries, and cantaloupe in this warm-weather dish that is sure to become a family favorite.
Tomato-and-Red Pepper Soup
Recipe: Tomato-and-Red Pepper Soup
The short ingredient list for this recipe allows you to have homemade soup on the table in less than 20 minutes. Just add a grilled cheese sandwich for a hearty supper.