Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup as a dip is sensational and easy to make! Made with fresh tomato, basil, cream and olive oil, this soup is aromatic and fresh. Perfect to bathe in this buttery and golden Gouda grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup is the ultimate lunch combo! This easy-to-make tomato soup with basil, also served as a dip to this perfectly toasted grilled cheese, isn’t simply a favourite for the family’s little ones but the grown-ups, too! Crafted from scratch in under 15 minutes, this tomato soup utilizes a unique technique to extract the tomato’s essence: the fine cheese grater. A simple boil reduces water content, intensifying the tomato flavour, while a finishing touch of cream, olive oil, and basil keeps it fresh and flavorful!

Tomato Soup Express

tomato basil soup

The technique for collecting the juice and pulp from the tomato is from Spain; every bocadillo (aka sandwich) has a layer of fresh tomato purée and olive oil. There are no softened onions or garlic, just a touch of basil, which will make this soup shine! Plus, this technique works great with any type of tomato, so go ahead and use these ripe tomatoes!

For this tomato soup, I’ve added olive oil, cream, and basil at the end to keep all the flavours intact, especially basil. The cream mainly softens the tomatoes’ acidity; once you put it in, it’s important to stop the heat or prevent it from boiling.

The Grilled Cheese

gouda grilled cheese

I’ve used Ciabatta bread, which is ultra moist and fluffy, for this grilled cheese and a young gouda cheese! Some people like to use mayo instead of butter, but my French roots make me use butter all the way here! I use a non-stick pan, add butter on each side of the sandwich, and dump it in. It’s so easy! Also, I like to make sure the many slices of gouda have time to melt, so I cover the sandwich with a lid. This way, you’ll get a guaranteed stringy cheese effect and perfectly golden toasted bread!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup


Of course, if you are looking for an ultra-fast version, you can always use these canned tomato soups. Instead of gouda, any young cheese could work for the type of cheese, like cheddar, Fontina, Havarti, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, etc. The bread could be simple white bread or sourdough bread, too, although I wouldn’t recommend strong-tasting bread like Rye simply because the cheese taste will be overpowered. But if you like integral breads, you can always choose a slightly aged cheese like gruyere or aged cheddar to pair it with.

Grilled Cheese dipped into the Tomato Soup


If you have tomato soup leftovers, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with fresh basil and olive oil is the perfect combo to use your leftover ripe tomatoes. An ultra fast and simple lunch recipe that is conforting and irresistably cheezy.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Sandwich, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basilic, dip, easy lunch, gouda, grilled cheese, olive oil, pan fried, Sandwich, tomato soup, vegetarian
Servings: 1 people
Calories: 863kcal
Author: Marie Breton


Grilled Cheese

  • 2 slices Ciabatta Bread
  • 4 slices Gouda Cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter salted

The Tomato Soup

  • 4 tomatoes cut into half
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 30 ml heavy cream
  • 15 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • salt and pepper


  • In a saucepan, grate the inside of each tomato with a fine cheese grater until only the fine skin is left.
  • Bring the tomato juice and pulp to a gentle boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stop the fire, add the basil, cream, olive oil, salt and pepper and blend with the immersion blender until smooth and reserve.
  • Prepare the grilled cheese, adding the cheese inside and butter on the outside of the sandwich.
  • Add the sandwich to a non-stick pan at medium-low heat and cover. Let it cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes on each side.



For the grilled cheese: any white bread, sourdough, or ciabatta would do.
For the cheese: gouda, fontina, cheddar, mozzarella, havarti, etc.


Calories: 863kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1136mg | Potassium: 1313mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 5509IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 706mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Gloria

    5 stars
    OMG this brings back childhood memories. The simple classic recipes are always delicious. Perfect for dinner any night of the week.

  • Barbara

    Oh, wow! This recipe sounds so easy and delicious to make. I can’t wait to give it a try.


    5 stars
    Gouda grilled cheese sandwich and cream soup are a fascinating combination. I can only imagine the layers of flavors and textures. I like the natural color of the tomato soup. Thanks for sharing; added it to my recipe box.

  • Megan

    5 stars
    I just wanted to write to share how much I love your version of this classic combo. It is much more gourmet, but still such simple beautiful real food ingredients: cream, butter, gouda and Ciabatta! Wow, so special.

  • Tracy

    5 stars
    I love this method of getting the tomato juice! What a delicious classic this combo is, sooo flavorful!

  • Molly Kumar

    5 stars
    One of my most fav and goto meal combination❤️ Looks so yummy and the instructions are do easy to follow.

  • Gwynn

    This grilled cheese made with Gouda is now my favorite grilled cheese sandwich. Such a tasty cheese and the ciabatta bread is amazing. The homemade tomato soup is perfection!

  • Susan

    5 stars
    Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup is the best combination! And using gouda cheese and ciabatta for your grilled cheese sandwich takes it all up a notch.

  • Carolyn

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing. I adore tomato soup and a lovely grilled cheese sandwich is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 making this tomorrow night for sure!

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    Such a classic combination. We’re still getting chilly, rainy spring weather here so this soup and sandwich combo really hit the spot.

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    Such a comforting meal – totally hit the spot!

  • Asha

    5 stars
    Grilled cheese with tomato soup is one of the ultimate comfort food combinations. I really enjoyed this recipe. So quick and easy to make also.

  • Colleen

    5 stars
    This combo is always a classic, but this recipe is special. The tomato soup is super easy and so flavorful, and the gouda sandwich is a perfect pairing.

  • Fouzia

    5 stars
    Cheese and tomato blend with basil flavour. Good combination, sounds delicious! Never thought of using the cheese grater to grate tomatoes. What an easy and hassle free way to make tomato purée! I am going to do that from now on. Thanks for sharing Marie.

  • nancy

    5 stars
    it’s the best combo – grilled cheese and tomato soup. my little one loved it and asked for more. thanks for reminding me with this easy recipe

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