Just like Mom used to make, only better, because the soup doesn't come out of a can, which means you can control the sodium. Keep the sandwich old-school with American cheese.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style whole tomatoes, drained
3 cups lower-sodium organic vegetable broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 (1 3/4-ounce) slices country white bread
6 (3/4-ounce) slices American cheese
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
How to Make It
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tarragon, if desired, sugar, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, and tomato paste. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes.
Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Place half of soup mixture in blender; process until smooth. Return mixture to pan. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture.
Add half-and-half and heavy cream, stirring with a whisk over low heat. Set aside; keep warm.
While soup simmers, place 3 bread slices on a work surface; arrange 2 cheese slices on each of 3 bread slices. Top with remaining 3 bread slices. Spread softened butter on sides of sandwiches. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sandwiches to pan; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn sandwiches over; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally.
This was seriously easy to make, low maintenance cooking and so delicious. Tastes much better than the old soup cans and is so much better for you. I used 1 tablespoon of tarragon and that was plenty unless you REALLY love it! Goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich, I also sprinkled a little parmesan on top. Would definitely make again! Also it's 2 cans of tomatoes, written weirdly in the recipe but definitely 2 :)
Canned Italian tomatoes is written twice. Does the recipe call for 2 cans whole tomatoes or is this a typo?
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