Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: Grilled cheese and tomato soup -- all grown up.
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Tomato soup and grilled cheese is an inarguably classic pairing that holds strong in the memories of children and adults. But I have never been able to recreate it to match my memory -- a common occurence among many cooks and eaters I know.
This recipe is my attempt to capture the tomato soup I remember from childhood in a way that reflects my adult palette. The soup's base is a pile of plum tomatoes, seasoned with touches of fresh thyme, garlic, and vinegar. I served mine with half of a very thick grilled cheese -- we do things bigger in Texas, after all -- though a thinner, more traditional sandwich works great here, too. Fill it with whatever cheese you prefer, and enjoy.
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.