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Fall Recipe: Naan Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque Soup

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One the best food combinations in existence is a grilled cheese and tomato soup. It's one of the meals that can hit the spot on the coldest of nights. As we're moving further into the months of Crockpot dinners and foods for the soul, it seemed like the right time to make a spin on this classic.

Naan bread, a variety of cheeses, and some additions to a carton of tomato soup elevates these staples to foodie territory. Here are the ingredients I used, but I hope it inspires you to use your own favorites to enhance your grilled cheese and tomato soup.

 

Stefanie's Naan Grilled Cheese (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Two Naan Flatbreads (they are typically sold two in a pack)
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Brie (I use Alouette's Creme de Brie for easy spreading)
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Supplies:

  • Pastry brush
  • Panini maker (I use the Cuisinart Griddler) or skillet pan

Directions:

  1. Stack and match up both pieces of Naan bread on a cutting board so that the narrow ends are on top of one another. Naan typically has an egg shape to it, so you want them to match up as best as possible to make the sides even. Use a bread knife to slice the two stacked pieces down the middle.
     
  2. Brush olive oil on the bumpy sides of the Naan bread (you want the smooth side of the bread to be on the inside of the sandwich).
     
  3. Pour honey on the smooth sides of opposite ends of the Naan and spread with a knife. Spread brie cheese on top of the honey, and then sprinkle goat cheese on top. Add honey to the corresponding slices and then press those slices on top of the slices with cheese (see photo).
     
  4. Spray non-stick spray on plates of sandwich press/panini maker (or use a skillet) and heat to medium-high.
     
  5. Place sandwich halves on heated panini maker and press down for 10 seconds. Let sit for a couple minutes, until toasted to desired crispness/color.
     
  6. Remove sandwiches and cut in half.
     
  7. Serve with hot soup, salad, or on their own!

 

This recipe also works well with Fontina and Gruyere cheeses. Adapt by adding tomato slices, bacon, prosciutto, or other ingredients.
 

Simple Tomato Bisque (4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 32oz Carton of Tomato Soup (Pacific Natural Foods Organic Soup in Creamy Tomato works well)
  • 1 Small Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Half & Half


Directions:

  1. Place large saucepan on medium-low heat.
     
  2. Empty tomato soup into saucepan, adding drained diced tomatoes and Half & Half. Stir well.
     
  3. Heat to desired temperature, then reduce to simmer.
     
  4. Serve hot.


When you only want to spend 10-20 minutes in the kitchen, this is a great and easy alternative to homemade tomato bisque. The addition of diced tomatoes and cream enhance the carton soup.
 

Next time, I'd like to add basil-infused olive oil to the soup once it is served in bowls. A dollop of cheese, sour cream, or even pesto would dress this soup up even more.

 

 

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