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Spicy Tomato Soup

Who doesn’t love fresh homemade spicy tomato soup and grilled cheese? This version of the classic recipe is anything but boring. Throw away your canned tomato soup because once you make this recipe you will never want anything else.

Fresh tomatoes are simmered with spices to give this soup flavor and character. The soup is finished with cream and then pureed to give the Spicy Tomato Soup a nice and velvety finish. On the side, your average grilled cheese is kicked up a notch by adding jalapeño to a three cheese blend. The cheese mixture is pureed to create a smooth cheesy mixture that is easily spreadable and melts to create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Looking for an easy recipe that will shake things up a bit? This recipe is perfect for that. In about 30 minutes you have a gourmet version of everyone’s favorite comfort food.


How spicy is this dish?

The Spicy Tomato Soup and jalapeño grilled cheese really isn’t spicy at all. The cheese mixture helps to calm down the spice. The spice just adds a little bit of flavor to the dish to make it interesting. If spice isn’t your favorite you can add less crushed red pepper and remove one of the jalapeños in the cheese mixture, or remove the spice all together. Adjust this recipe according to your taste and preference. It will still be amazing even without the spice.

What types of tomatoes can be used in the recipe?

I used small grape tomatoes in the recipe because they are sweet and flavorful. They add a nice freshness to the soup. I also used an heirloom tomato as well because it was fresh and in season at the store. You can used any tomato that you prefer. Make sure the tomatoes are ripe, in season, and ready to be eaten. It will make the soup taste even better. The better quality ingredients that you use, the better the dish will taste.

Can I use different cheese in the recipe?

Feel free to experiment with different cheese mixtures. I love the flavor of gruyere cheese mixed with cheddar cheese. It adds some saltiness and a bit of nuttiness to the mixture. I like adding cream cheese because it makes the mixture more spreadable and helps the cheese melt better creating a more even consistency to the sandwich.


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Ingredient Lists:

  • white onion
  • garlic
  • grape tomatoes
  • tomato
  • chopped tomatoes
  • vegetable stock
  • heavy cream
  • oregano
  • red pepper
  • fresh basil leaves
  • gluten free or regular sandwich bread
  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapeños
  • gruyere cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • salt
  • pepper
  • avocado oil
Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy tomato soup and jalapeño grilled cheese

Homemade tomato soup with a slight kick, served with a three cheese jalapeño grilled cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 white onion- chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic- chopped
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 whole tomato- cut into quarters
  • 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper add more if you like it spicy
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6-8 slices gluten free or regular sandwich bread
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 jalapeños- seeds removed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese- shredded
  • mayonnaise for spreading
  • salt/pepper for taste
  • avocado oil for drizzling


  • Place a large pot over medium heat. Drizzle avocado oil on the bottom of the pot. When oil is warm add onions to the pot. Using a wooden spoon stir the onions cooking until translucent. Add garlic cloves and continue to cook until fragrant. Next, add tomatoes, vegetable stock, oregano, crushed red pepper, and basil to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to medium low. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • In a food processor add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, gruyere cheese and jalapeños. Blend until soft and creamy. Spread the cheese mixture on all slices of bread. Taking two slices at a time, place them together to form sandwiches. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of each sandwich.
  • Place a large pan over medium/high heat. Lightly coat the bottom with avocado oil. When pan is hot place each sandwich face down in the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side. Flip and cook the other side. When both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted, remove the sandwiches from the pan and place on a plate. Cover with tin foil to keep warm.
  • When soup is done simmering, remove lid and add cream to the pot. Mix well and taste. Add salt and pepper as needed. Using a hand blender, pulse the soup mixture to create a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Ladle soup into small bowls and serve with grilled cheese. Enjoy!

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