Perfect Comfort Food

Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled "Cheese"

Today was somewhat warm here in the Northeast, but it was really, really windy.  The kind of day that makes you want some comfort food. No wonder my daughter asked me if she could have some tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.  I told her of course, but that it would take about an hour to make the soup.  I have always used a recipe from my friend Norma that involves sauteing onions and garlic and then adding tomatoes and simmering for 45 minutes, among other things.  Delicious, but definitely not fast.  So, I decided to try to make a quick version, and to make it creamy and smooth.  Well – it was a huge success and all five of us wound up having it for lunch.  I think it took 5 minutes total and I was able to whip up some grilled cheese while it was heating on the stove.  Don’t you just love healthy, yummy food that can be made with only a few ingredients and in no time at all?  Especially cooked tomatoes, since scientists now report that heating up tomatoes is very beneficial.  And for the grilled cheese, once again, as always, I used Daiya.

Creamy Tomato Soup

  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t herbes de provence (or just use any combo of rosemary, thyme, sage and/or marjoram)
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • Heat all ingredients together in a large saucepan.  Blend with an immersion blender until really smooth.  Garnish with a dollop of mock sour cream.
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