Roasted bell peppers and tomatoes soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Making a shopping run to one of our wholesale bulk shopping store, Costco, can be an adventure. Yes, you end up buying way more than you need, after all who needs two huge jars of Nutella, but when the price is half than your regular store you do not think twice about adding it to your overflowing cart. And if you time your excursion right, you can pretty much have lunch there too with all the great food sampling that are teasing you at each corner isle.
I am not a shopper when it comes to my regular grocery store, I shop with a list and I am a mission: how fast can I get out of here. But at our wholesale store…. well that is a different story. I stroll each isle, I look at everything. Maybe that is why I also try all the food sampler, I am building an appetite with all the walking that I do. This time I was on a mission to buy some Nonni Chocolate dipped biscotti. That was it. Blind folds on, I walked in. Of course it did not happed the way I had it planned and came home with organic roasted pepper and tomato soup, roasted bell peppers packed in olive oil, couple of different cheeses, and much, much more.
Could you believe I never had tomato soup until I was an adult? I must admit I as a bit skeptical at first. Tomatoes were only to be enjoyed in salads, or tomatoes sauce and that was about it. I was hooked from the first spoonful and now every time I see it on a menu, I always order it. Seeing it with roasted bell peppers, I could not resist to take it home and give it a try. With all my new purchases put away, I decided to prepare the soup that I just purchased, that same night. It may be still in the 80’s outside, but it is November after all, and soup is just want my heart wanted.
We were hungry and wanted something that we could sink out teeth in it and how fun would it be to add sun dried tomatoes, orzo pasta, roasted bell peppers, bacon? Yummy!! Isn’t your mouth watering yet? Mine is as I am sharing this.
Grilled cheeses was an afterthought but why not have them along side? Not your usual grilled cheese of course. As I always have three to four different cheeses in the refrigerator, I decided to use Havarti and mozzarella. Great combination. Both cheeses melt wonderfully together and go well with the soup. Another yummy and was asked to make more.
And yes, I did get the biscotti in case you were wondering.
To another great evening curled up with my love.
ROASTED BELL PEPPERS AND TOMATO SOUP WITH GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
1 32 ounces Pacific roasted red pepper and tomato soup
8 large roasted bell peppers packed in olive oil, cut in chunks
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
bacon cut into very thin slices
salt and pepper
8 slices of white bread
4 slices Havarti cheese
2 mozzarellas, sliced
In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat add the roasted red pepper and tomatoes soup, the roasted red bell peppers cut in chunks and the sun dried tomatoes. Bring to a gentle boil. About 10 to 15 minutes.
In another pan cook the orzo pasta into salted boiling water until al dente.
Crisp the bacon in a small skillet and set aside.
When the soup is hot transfer it to a blender, or use an emersion blender, and blend until smooth. Place it back into the saucepan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the pasta to the soup and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes at very low simmer.
While the soup is simmering, prepare the grilled cheeses. Preheat a grill pan or a panini machine. Butter slightly each slices of bread. Add the cheeses in top of four slices of bread and top with the remaining bread slices, butter facing the cheese. Butter slightly the outside or each sandwiches and place on our grill pan or panini machine, butter side down. Slightly butter the side facing up.
Close the lid of the panini machine and grill at #4 for 5 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. On the grill pan, flip once when is golden brown and golden brown the other side.
Pour the soup into bowls, top with bacon bits and grilled cheese sandwiches along side.