1 pound tomatoes
1 head of garlic (around 10-15 cloves)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 medium yellow onion
2 medium sized carrots
2 stalks celery
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 slices of rye bread
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut up your tomato, carrots, onion, and celery into small chunks. Does not matter how big or small. Arrange in a 9 X 13 baking sheet. Cut your head of garlic in half and place both halves in baking sheet with the garlic side facing up. Add in your salt, pepper and olive oil and toss everything together until well coated.
Roast vegetables in oven at 425 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until tomatoes begin to char.
Once out of the oven, remove thyme from the tray and discard. Remove garlic cloves from the skins and return garlic to the tray. Pour everything into a blender along with your chicken stock. Blend until smooth.
Once blended, strain soup into a large pot through a fine strainer to get rid of any tomato seeds or skins.
Bring the strained soup up to a simmer. Taste for seasonings.
Once at a simmer, turn heat down to low and add in your fresh basil and heavy cream. Let simmer on low heat while you prepare your garlic grilled cheese!
In a small mixing bown, combine your butter (should be softened), dried basil, dried oregano, and 1 clove of minced garlic. Spread on one side of each piece of bread.
Heat up a frying pan on medium heat. Place one piece of bread butter-side down onto the frying pan. Place your cheese on that piece of bread and cover with the other piece of bread (butter-side facing up). Cover and let cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned and the cheese is melted!
Serve soup in bowl with some extra cream drizzled on top, and a sprinkle of fresh basil to garnish. Place grilled cheese on a plate and enjoy! Don’t forget to dip the grilled cheese into the soup!!