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(Green)Grilled Cheese and (Gold)Tomato Soup

Full Disclosure: I received this soup and recipe to try and review.  As always, the opinions are completely my own and I am not being compensated for this post.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a staple meal in our house.  It is a step above something out of a box, but isn’t too complicated that I feel like I have to work to make dinner after working all day.  We also pretty much always have what we need to make it on hand. (can of soup, milk, butter, bread, cheese)  Last week, the people at Campbell’s contacted me about trying their new Sun-Ripened Yellow Tomato soup.  I was immediately interested.  We normally use the classic Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup, so this seemed like a little bit of a fancier option but without any extra hassle.

Sun Ripened Yellow Tomato Soup

Along with the soup, they also suggested a recipe for a  different twist on the typical grilled cheese to try with it. It didn’t seem too complicated so I thought I’d give that a try as well.  Oh, and as the people at Campbell’s pointed out, the pair makes a green and gold combo which would be great to have while watching a Packer game!

The soup was easy to make – typical condensed soup.  You just mix the can of soup with one can of liquid.  They suggest water, we normally use milk with our tomato soup, so we used milk with this one as well. It tasted similar to the original tomato soup, but it was a bit more flavorful.  Still in my comfort zone of normal tomato soup, but just a bit fancier, perfect!

Soup and Sandwich

The sandwich recipe that they included is suggested to be made in a panini maker.  We don’t have a panini maker, but we usually just use our griddle and that worked just fine this time as well. The only other changes that we made was we used shredded cheddar cheese instead of sliced – I think it melts better – and we used a different brand of bread than they suggest in the recipe.  Oh, and my sandwich of course didn’t included the onions.


Cheddar, Pesto, and Crunchy Onion Panini

Cheddar Pesto Onion Sandwich

by Chef Thomas Griffith, Director of Campbell’s Culinary and Baking Institute (Reprinted with permission)

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 10

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 of a 24-ounce package Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White Bread (8 slices)
  • 8 slices deli sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup French fried onions


Spread butter on bread slices.

Turn 4 bread slices butter-side down.

Top each butter-topped slice with two slices of cheese, 1 tablespoon pesto and 2 tablespoons onions.

Top with remaining bread slices, butter-side up.

Heat Panini maker.

Add sandwiches in batches and cook 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and cheese is melted. (If you are making it on a skillet rather than a panini maker, do not top with the second slice until you are ready to flip the sandwich.)

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Ease: A, really not much harder than making a normal grilled cheese sandwich.
Taste: A, I enjoyed the added pesto to my cheese, and the husband liked his added pesto and French fried onions quite a bit.  I asked him if the onions stayed crispy and he said they didn’t really, but they did add quite a bit of flavor to the sandwich.

Would I make it again? Probably.  In fact, the husband has already made his sandwich again!

Thanks Campbell’s for the soup! Soup and sandwich is one of my favorite combinations for dreary weather.  As I mentioned before, grilled cheese and tomato soup is a favorite, and sometimes I switch it up with an egg and cheese sandwich if I’m feeling ambitious. I always serve my soup and sandwich on my fun soup and sandwich trays, too! (they are shown in the photos above, and you can see my full review of them here.)

What is your favorite soup and sandwich pairing?

5 Responses

  1. mmmm, the classic combo of grilled cheese + tomato soup! it’s definitely a favorite of ours too. 🙂

  2. my hubby always buys the classic tomato soup…so will have to have him check out the new flavor…and the sandwich recipe sounds really good too.

    • Definitely! The soup is pretty similar to the classic, but just seems a bit fancier than the usual which is always a good way to switch things up!

  3. Holy crap, that combo sounds SO much better than the “typical” version. I never thought to put pesto on a grilled cheese! And I had the golden tomato once before, isn’t it so fantastic!? I found it to be slightly less acidic which I love.

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