Photo: Oxmoor House
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups soup and 1/2 sandwich)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Add half-and-half and heavy cream, stirring with a whisk over low heat. Set aside; keep warm.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Ladle soup into bowls; serve with sandwiches.

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Ratings & Reviews


June 29, 2015
Canned Italian tomatoes is written twice. Does the recipe call for 2 cans whole tomatoes or is this a typo?

July 02, 2015
yes, there are two cans of whole tomatoes, 1 is drained, 1 is not. 

August 12, 2015
Hi Carol, I made this for lunch today and it's definitely 2 cans of whole tomatoes! It's just been written weirdly

March 13, 2016
One can is drained. One is undrained.

March 16, 2016
Read the recipe again. One can is drained. The other is left undrained.

Way better than canned!

August 12, 2015
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 :)