3 Ways to Upgrade Classic Grilled Cheese and Soup

Elevate a comfort favorite with new ideas and recipes.

It’s one of those things you start thinking about when you’re out in the cold heading home — grilled cheese and soup. It’s the classic you want to cuddle up with on a blustery fall day. Luckily, there are some great pour-and-heat soup options out there that are quick and convenient. And good cheddar melted between pan-fried bread with a nice outside crunch is hard to beat, if not a little...predictable. Might be time to give your toasted sandwich a nice twist. We’ve paired 3 great soups with 3 new takes on the classic.

Creamy Tomato-Cheddar Soup & Apple Grilled Cheese

Tomato soup is probably THE classic cuddle-up soup. Kick it up a notch by adding shredded cheddar cheese. For the sandwich, sliced apples add a fruity crunch, while multigrain bread adds a nuttiness and is hearty and full-flavored. Garnish the soup with fresh basil and roasted cauliflower if you’d like.

Make the soup: Creamy Tomato-Cheddar Soup
Make the sandwich: Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chicken Noodle Soup & Kale Swiss Grilled Cheese

Chicken noodle soup is hearty enough for the coldest of winter days, generously populated with tender noodles and savory chunks of chicken. About that grilled cheese: Kale sautés down in no time —spoon onto sliced swiss and tuck between slices of wheat bread. The kale brings a green richness that perfectly complements the bite of the swiss. Baby spinach or really any winter greens will sub well. A sprinkle of fresh parsley for soup garnish, and done.

Make the soup: Simple Chicken Noodle Soup
Make the sandwich: Grilled Cheese and Greens

Fresh Tomato Soup & Grilled Ham and Gruyère Cheese

There are times when you’re craving ham and it just HAS to be part of the grilled cheese equation. Layer it between sweet, rustic slices of Seeduction or whole wheat bread, add creamy Gruyère cheese and crunchy tart pickles, and you are sweater weather set. These bold flavors pair so well with the light and bright tomato soup. Hard to take this one up another notch, but parmesan crisps garnishing the soup will do it.

Make the soup: Provençal Fresh Tomato Soup
Make the sandwich: Grilled Ham and Gruyère Cheese Sandwich

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