This dish is for the kids, the kid at heart, the parents of children, the grilled cheese aficionado, the pasta lover, the “30 min or less” cook, and the chef who likes modern twists on classic combos. This is grilled cheese and tomato soup in pasta form, and I have to say that it gives the classic combo a run for its money. Mix leftover Ultimate Tomato Basil Soup with cooked pasta, add your favorite grilled cheese or pasta mix-ins, top with creamy garlic mascarpone and your favorite cheese combo, and end with the pièce de résistance: buttery garlic croutons. Creamy tomato pasta, cheesy combos, buttery croutons, fun mix-ins- oh my! Cheesy Tomato Soup Pasta is delicious and easy to prepare, but two things make this pasta stand out:
(1) Dress It Up: Much like the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup, this pasta can be dressed up with lots of fun and delicious add-ins. Take your favorite grilled cheese additions-salami, ham, pepperoni, bacon, pesto, turkey – and mix them in. Or, what do you like with your pasta and red sauce? Meatballs, chicken, Italian sausage, pesto, peas, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, or sauteed greens? Toss them in. Finally, get funky with your favorite cheese combos: cheddar and Parmesan; fontina and mozzarella; Asiago and Parmesan; Gruyere and Swiss; smoked Gouda and cheddar, blue cheese and mozzarella – the possibilities are endless! Let your imagination run wild and create your own delicious Cheesy Tomato Soup Pasta. Try meatballs, diced pepperoni, cheddar, and Parmesan (we liked it). How about bacon, peas, fontina, and mozzarella? Or maybe ham, pesto, mozzarella, and Parmesan? Here’s a sexy vegetarian option: caramelized onion, broccoli rabe, smoked Gouda, and Parmesan. There are so many possibilities! Please let me know your delicious concoction in the comments.
(2) 2fer: Few meals beat the simplicity of leftovers, but if the meal has already made an appearance as leftovers or it’s simply time to switch it up, then nothing beats a 2fer, the elusive switch-pitcher (probably the only time I will use a sports reference), the rare ability of a meal to transform into two seemingly separate dinners. (And if each meal begets leftovers, that’s four meals out of one!) This 2fer is extra special because both meals are entirely kid-approved and quick and easy. Ultimate Tomato Basil Soup can be made in 30 minutes or less. With leftover soup and cooked pasta, you can prep the pasta in under ten minutes! The soup can be frozen and reheated, the pasta can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, you can make a double or triple batch for a crowd, or you can individualize each serving. Best part: few will guess the soup begets the pasta so you can make both in the same week and have two seemingly distinct meals. Serve soup and sandwiches on Meatless Monday and then load up the leftover soup with pasta, bacon, peas, mozzarella and Parmesan for a hearty kid-approved pasta to serve midweek. Or try greens, caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, fontina and Parmesan for a loaded vegetarian pasta for Fish Fridays.
Ultimate Tomato Basil Soup and Cheesy Tomato Soup Pasta are two budget-friendly, kid-approved meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less! How did life get so good (and tasty)?!