Grown Up Comfort Food: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese, please!

Grilled Cheese, please!

Regardless of how long I am in the air, when I fly, my body gets really confused. I get hungry at odd hours, and despite an overwhelming feeling of lethargy, I have trouble sleeping. Today, I was determined to avoid this lull. I woke up with plenty of time to make a good breakfast before packing, had a nice salad right before my flight, and tried (without success, unfortunately) to sleep on the plane.

I felt abnormally good when I landed, but I randomly had a very strong craving for grilled cheese! I’ve always loved the combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup, so…

Taadaa!

Taadaa!

I halved a recipe for Roasted-Tomato Soup, with a few minor adjustments. I skipped the Parmesan Wafers, used a little extra oregano, and a little less sugar than called for.

Roasting the tomatoes and garlic

Roasting the tomatoes and garlic

The tomatoes had to roast for an hour, and later simmered in broth for 20 minutes, so it was not an especially quick meal to make. It was worth the wait though! The garlic flavor was pretty strong, but tasted wonderful with the tomato and oregano. The soup was strained after being pureed, so it was pretty thin. It was a great balance with the hearty sandwich.

Simmering the veggies and broth

Simmering the veggies and broth

For the sandwich, I placed Goat’s Brie and some fresh basil on multi-grain bread, and toasted it in a skillet for about 2 minutes per side. It was so good!

Grilled Brie Sandwich

Do you have any comfort foods? We’d love to hear about them!

Happy Eating!

-C

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Mixing in the seasonings and milk

Mixing in the seasonings

It has been cold and gross in San Francisco lately!  I’ve needed my umbrella almost everyday!  Perhaps my Texas upbringing is to blame, but I do not do well with cold, rainy weather.

The combination of lousy weather and busy rehearsals has made me want one thing… Soup!

I threw this big batch of soup together in between teaching and rehearsals today.  I decided it would be nice to have some on hand during this performance week!  Luckily it tastes good, so I’m excited to enjoy it over the next few days.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup milk (I used a non-dairy substitute)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Monochromatic pot of veggies

Monochromatic pot of veggies

Method

In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter over low heat until butter is melted.  Add the onions and saute 3-4 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add the celery and onion and cook 2 additional minutes.  Add the carrots and cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook for 10 more minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to prevent vegetables from sticking to the pan.

Carrots joined the mix

Carrots joined the mix

Add the broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 8-10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.  Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the ground coriander and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.  Set aside.

Simmering the broth and veggies

Simmering the broth and veggies

Puree the vegetable and broth mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Return to saucepan, and stir in the milk, coriander and butter, cilantro, and salt and pepper.  Garnish with additional cilantro leaves.

Blending until smooth

Blending until smooth

This is an excellent soup for a cold, busy day.  It was filling, but didn’t feel heavy (when I’m dancing, this is a big concern!).  I loved the coriander and cilantro, and am excited to make this again with other spices.

Ready to enjoy!

Ready to enjoy!

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Happy Eating!

-C