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A bowl of tomato soup on a light grey background, with grilled cheese sticks on the side
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Tomato Bisque with Grilled Cheese Sticks

This quick & easy, creamy tomato soup is comfort food at it's best. Add some toasty sourdough grilled cheese sticks for dipping and you have the perfect cold-weather meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soups, Stews & Chilis
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food
Servings: 2 servings


For the soup: 

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • cup diced carrot about 1 medium carrot
  • cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes undrained
  • 8 oz chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon cooking sherry
  • 4 tablespoon heavy cream or half & half

For the grilled cheese:

  • 1 ½ tablespoon Brummel & Brown or other soft butter
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded Gruyère


To make the soup: 

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium dutch oven or saucepan. Add carrot and sauté for 1 minute; add onion and sauté for an additional minute.  Add garlic, basil and thyme; cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, with juice from the can, and broth.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until fairly smooth.  Stir in sherry and cream.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

To make the grilled cheese: 

  • Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Place two slices in the pan, butter side down.  Top with cheddar and Gruyère.  Place an additional slice of bread on top, butter side facing up.
  • Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until crisp and golden brown.  Remove from pan and let cool for a minute or two.
  • Using a serrated knife, slice each sandwich into sticks.  Serve immediately with warm tomato bisque.