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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Trees

As the holiday season wraps us in its cozy embrace, there's nothing quite like a bowl of homemade tomato soup. Pair it with Christmas tree-shaped grilled cheeses, and you have a comforting meal that's as festive as it is delicious.


Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes




This Easy Homemade Tomato Soup with Christmas Tree Grilled Cheeses is more than a meal, it's a delightful experience that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. It is also a super fun idea to do with kids. My nephews loved the little tree sandwiches and had a ton of fun dunking them in the soup.


Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Trees


Easy Homemade Tomato Soup

Ingredients

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 onion, diced

3 tablespoons garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 cup whole milk


Directions
  1. In a pot over medium heat, sauté the diced onion and garlic.

  2. Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, dried basil, dried oregano, and garlic salt, and bring to a simmer.

  3. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth. Stir in the milk and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  4. Adjust the seasonings and add pepper if needed. Serve hot.


Christmas Tree Grilled Cheese


Christmas Tree Grilled Cheeses

Ingredients

Sliced bread of choice

Cheese slices or shredded cheese of choice

Butter or olive oil


Extra Materials

Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter

Rolling Pin


Directions
  1. Take two pieces of bread and put the desired amount of cheese in the middle.

  2. With the rolling pin, roll out the sandwich to flatten and compress. (This will make it a lot easier to cut with the cookie cutter after they are grilled.)

  3. In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter or coat with olive oil.

  4. Grill the sandwich on each side until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is gooey.

  5. Take out and set aside for a few minutes.

  6. Use the Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter to cut out tree shapes from the completed sandwich.

  7. Arrange the Christmas tree grilled cheeses alongside the tomato soup in mugs for a festive presentation on a cutting board.

To make it even more fancy, feel free to swirl a little sour cream or pesto on top of the tomato soup before serving.


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