Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese

Hi Friends 🙂

Earlier this week someone posted a recipe for tomato soup – please let me know if you know who I’m talking about. Reading “tomato soup” inspired last night’s dinner.

I was thinking of grilled cheese with tomato soup – or tomato soup with really crusty bread. Then I thought of a recipe I saw on this show months and months ago:

When Jason and I were marathon training earlier this year, we would often go to the gym and run on the treadmills. When we starting training (January) it was way too cold to run outside (not to mention kind of unsafe with the ice, etc). Luckily our gym has little tvs hooked up to the treadmills 🙂

I liked to do my long runs on Saturdays over the lunch hour. The gym was slow then and usually Bravo had a America’s Next Top Model Marathon on – that made 16 miles just fly by! But one day I caught 5 Ingredient Fix and the meal looked amazing.

Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup

Basically you roast a bunch of tomatoes, add a canned of crushed tomatoes, basil and chunks of sourdough bread. It sounded great but I was worried the bread would taste mushy. And I don’t like mushy bread.

So I changed my mind and went back to tomato soup and grilled cheese – only I wasn’t going to make soup.

Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese

Cut and deseed 3-4 vine ripened tomatoes:

Chop into bitesize pieces and combine in a bowl with ½ sweet onion, chopped and mix with 1 TBSP of garlic infused olive oil:

If you don’t have Garlic Gold, just use regular olive oil and maybe throw some chopped garlic in the bowl as well. Toss to mix well and spread out on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

 Meanwhile, take 2 slices of bread (I used a small loaf of French bread) and top with a slice of cheese. I used this:

When your tomatoes are ready, take them out of the oven and pop your bread/cheese under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Top bread/cheese with tomato mixture and serve:

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but this tasted really good. It was grilled cheese + tomato soup without the soup. I bet it would taste good with some roasted peppers added, and maybe throwing some turkey or ham on the bread as well.

*What is your favorite comfort food?

*What are your plans for the weekend?