November 14, 2012

Review: Tomato Soup and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Wisconsin weather has taken a chilling dive into winter this week, which led me to the much-loved combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch.   

I love how this combination instantly warms you up, especially when you're at home for a quick bite to eat and it doesn't make sense to turn the heat up during that short time.


Have you ever tried adding a little pesto to your grilled cheese sandwich?  I received a recipe suggestion from Campbell's for pesto grilled cheese and was intrigued.  It looks really strange when spreading pesto on cheese, but the final result is fantastic. 



I live very close to work, so it's fairly common for co-workers to join me at home for lunch.  This week Jake joined me and he opted for a standard grilled cheese and also enjoyed sun-ripened yellow tomato soup.

He insisted on eating his soup with a spoon, whereas I prefer to drink tomato soup from a mug.  I served his in a mug, just in case he changed his mind :) 



Cheese singles are perfect for making grilled cheese, but I rarely buy them because the cheese often tastes like plastic.  Organic Valley just recently introduced American Singles made with real cheese, and the difference is very noticeable.



In case you're curious about the nutrition facts or ingredient list, here's a photo of the back of the package.  With the crazy low-calorie bread that Chris (mister carb-phobic) buys, one grilled cheese sandwich is only 140 calories sans pesto.



I really liked the flavor of Campbell's new sun-ripened yellow tomato soup, but if I was blindfolded, I don't think I'd be able to discern the difference between their regular tomato soup and this new soup.

I found it interesting to see some of the Campbell's soup facts in the graphic below, such as 17% of all grilled cheese sandwiches are served with tomato soup.  Soup and sandwiches really are a great lunch option.  It's quick, satisfying and can be fairly low in calories.



Whether you like your soup in a mug or a bowl, the new sun-ripened tomato soup is definitely worth trying.  By the way, I just got my glass mugs from Kohl's and I'm loving them for hot beverages as well as soup!



Disclaimer: Organic Valley and Campbell's provided the American Singles and Sun-Ripened Yellow Tomato Soup at no cost to me.

9 comments:

  1. It may not taste a whole lot different but the yellow tomatoes certainly make a nice looking soup!

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  2. There is definitely something VERY comforting about a meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese! LOVE the pesto addition!!

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  3. I don't think I've had pesto on my grilled cheese before, but it sounds really yummy! The soup sounds delicious too. How cool that you are able to have co-workers over to your house for lunch! I wish I could go home for lunch. I am sure seeing your cats on a break just puts you in a good mood instantly.

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    1. So true, coming home for lunch is a really nice break in my day. Although Merlot just thinks I'm home to feed him :)

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  4. Mmm - pesto - I will definitely have to try it. Love the mugs!

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  5. I wish I had a co-worker who brought me home for lunch!

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  6. Did you seriously get tomato soup and cheese slices for free? How does that even happen...lucky....

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    1. I love how I can tell immediately who "anonymous" is by what you write. Only one person I know loves to say "lucky" :) Yep, I only wish I lived in the Springs so I could have you over for a delicious meal of grilled cheese and tomato soup.

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  7. Dang it...I'm too predictable ;) i love me some tomato soup amnd grilled cheese. It's definitely a weekly requested meal... although Mikey does state "but where's the meat"? Reminds me of Chris ..... still totally anonymous ...could be anyone....*whispers * "anyone "

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