Zesty Tomato Soup and Classic Grilled Cheese

Written by
Diana Dutcher
on January 27, 2022

This classic pairing cannot be ignored. Let’s dive into these classic comfort foods.

Diana Dutcher – grilled cheese and tomato soup tutorial

Zesty Tomato Soup

Serves 5 (1 cup servings)
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 40 min


1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup roughly chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic or 1-2 smashed garlic cloves
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dry basil
1/8-1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes (can always add more or less for spice)
28 oz stewed canned tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or whole canned/crushed tomatoes (a little more or less is fine to match up with a whole can)
3 oz of tomato paste (usually it’s 1/2 a can)
2 cups vegetable stock (2 cups of hot water + 1 tsp vegetable soup base)
(optional) – to add an extra kick, toothpick swirl of Black Pepper Vitality essential oil
(optional) – to make it creamy, add a drizzle of heavy cream to finish


  1. Preheat a saucepan to medium heat.
  2. Add oil to pre-heat
  3. Sauté the onions and garlic with the oil in a large stock pot for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  4. Add all the dry seasonings (ground cumin, dry basil, crushed red chili flakes) and tomato paste for another minute.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and diced/stewed tomatoes.
  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Use your immersion blender to make the soup smooth to your liking (I actually like some chunks left in it!).
  8. (optional) – to add an extra kick, toothpick swirl of Black Pepper Vitality essential oil
  9. (optional) – to make it creamy, add a drizzle of heavy cream before serving

So the big question is… do you have a desire to instantly have grilled cheese with your tomato soup?!?! Do you top your soup with anything fun or fancy? 

Classic Grilled Cheese

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 5 min
Servings: 1


2 slices of bread (my favorite is sourdough)

2 or 3 varieties of sliced cheese or shredded/grated cheese (the more variety, the more depth of flavor)

Butter, ghee, or oil


  1. Cut the piece of bread in half
  2. Butter two sides of the bread. This will be the OUTSIDE of the sandwich
  3. Preheat griddle or frying pan over medium heat
  4. Lay one piece of bread down on the heat, butter side down
  5. Layer on the cheese slices evenly
  6. Lay the other piece of bread on top with the butter side facing up
  7. Watch the heat on the pan and turn it down if needed. You do not want the bottom bread to burn, rather you want a light golden colored toast on it.
  8. When the cheese has started to melt, flip the sandwich over to get browning on the top slice of bread
  9. Watch the heat on the bottom bread. You want a nice golden toast.

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Comment below if you loved this easy recipe! Do you have any other favorite ingredients to add to grilled cheese? For a fancy twist, try adding a layer of sun dried tomatoes, pesto, and change the cheese to mozzarella. That’s a grilled caprese!

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I am an educator and entrepreneur who is passionate about non-toxic living. I get to be with my five kiddos (8, 6-year old twins, and 4-year old twins) as much as I want and teach one day a week. It's a beautiful abundant life 💖

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