Grilled (Ghouled )Cheese and Tomato Soup

Your classic grilled cheese and tomato soup gets a Halloween makeover! Ghouled cheese sandwiches are perfect to dunk in this homemade tomato soup on Halloween for a fun and tasty meal!

A Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup on a wooden board

There’s an ongoing joke among some of my friends that when Aaron is traveling I turn into a total bachelor.  When he’s home, I love to cook.  I’m making his favorite turkey chili, trying out new soup recipes, finding new ways to cook fish, and baking up batches of baked pumpkin donuts.  When he’s gone?  It’s more like cheese, wine, a baguette, a bowl of cereal, or a turkey sandwich.  Suffice it to say he’s been traveling a lot lately and these three-cheese “ghouled cheese” sandwiches with tomato basil soup that yum.LA cooked up for our Minted Halloween party looks super scrumptious right about now!

Bread cut into ghost shapes

How to Make Grilled (Ghouled )Cheese and Tomato Soup

For the ‘Ghouled’ Cheese Sandwiches

Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, or any shape you like, punch out the shapes from each slice of bread.

Melt butter and combine with olive oil. Brush onto one side of each slice of bread. On a griddle or in a pan, put one slice of bread (buttery side down) and layer with some of each type of cheese (about 1 ½ slices per sandwich). Top with another piece of bread (buttery side up), making sure the shapes line up, and grill on each side to desired crunchiness/until golden brown.

For the Tomato Soup

Combine tomatoes and stock in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using a hand-held immersion blender, puree soup in pot until you reach a consistency you like (I prefer a half pureed, half chunk tomato combination!). If you don’t have one of these nifty tools, you should grab one, but you can also puree in small batches in a blender or food processor. Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat.

To chiffonade basil: take 5-6 fresh leaves and stack them, one on top of the other. Roll like a burrito and with a sharp knife, cut thin slices (perpendicular to the roll, so if you were to unroll the leaves, you’d be cutting lengthwise). Repeat with remaining leaves.

Garnish with basil leaves, season to taste, and serve with fresh, crusty bread!

A slice of bread cut out into a ghost shape on a board

It’s the perfect pre-trick-or-treating bite!

This is such a fun thing to serve before you all head out trick or treating! It’s familiar and simple and so easy to incorporate the Halloween vibe! I love the ghost cutter for these, but you could also make stars and moons to stick within the theme.

Two Grilled Cheeses with a bowl of Tomato Soup

Easy tomato soup recipe

This tomato soup recipe is super simple but is packed full of flavor and richness – perfect for dunking your grilled cheese into! You can make the soup ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge and reheat it when needed. I always make a bigger batch and freeze some for later needs too!

Classic grilled cheese and tomato soup

When it comes to comfort food, there’s nothing better than than this classic pairing! It’s so easy to make but packed full of flavor. The grilled cheese are stringy and melty and the bread just soaks up all of that wonderful tomato soup. YUMMY!

Three tea towels on a wooden work top

Top Tips for Making Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

  • I love sourdough bread for grilled cheese, you can use any other dense bread though.
  • I highly recommend that you use a mixture of cheese for maximum flavor and stringiness!
  • The soup can be made ahead of time and the sandwiches can be prepped but cooked to order.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup on a wooden board

Photos by Stephanie Godfrey

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Grilled (Ghouled )Cheese and Tomato Soup

Your classic grilled cheese and tomato soup gets a Halloween makeover! Ghouled cheese sandwiches are perfect to dunk in this homemade tomato soup on Halloween for a fun and tasty meal!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled cheese and tomato soup, halloween food recipe, homemade tomato soup recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 833kcal
Author Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

For the sandwiches

  • 8 slices sourdough bread or another dense bread of your choosing!
  • 12– 16 oz Pepper Jack Cheese, thinly sliced 1 ½ - 2 cups
  • 12-16 oz Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced 1 ½ - 2 cups
  • 12-16 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, thinly sliced 1 ½ - 2 cups
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Tomato soup

  • 2 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed 16 oz
  • 2 cups chicken stock 16 oz
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 -7 fresh basil leaves rinsed
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the 'Ghouled' Cheese Sandwiches

  • Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, or any shape you like, punch out the shapes from each slice of bread.
  • Melt butter and combine with olive oil. Brush onto one side of each slice of bread. On a griddle or in a pan, put one slice of bread (buttery side dowand layer with some of each type of cheese (about 1 ½ slices per sandwich). Top with another piece of bread (buttery side up), making sure the shapes line up, and grill on each side to desired crunchiness/until golden brown.

For the Tomato Soup

  • Combine tomatoes and stock in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Using a hand-held immersion blender, puree soup in pot until you reach a consistency you like (I prefer a half pureed, half chunk tomato combination!). If you don’t have one of these nifty tools, you should grab one, but you can also puree in small batches in a blender or food processor. Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat.
  • To chiffonade basil: take 5-6 fresh leaves and stack them, one on top of the other. Roll like a burrito and with a sharp knife, cut thin slices (perpendicular to the roll, so if you were to unroll the leaves, you’d be cutting lengthwise). Repeat with remaining leaves.
  • Garnish with basil leaves, season to taste, and serve with fresh, crusty bread!

Nutrition

Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 1131mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1763IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 1022mg | Iron: 4mg
 

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  2. Love it!!!!

  3. Kay schoening

    10/28/2014

    I am making this soup!

  4. so cute and simple, love this jen!






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