With a blizzard blowing outside, nothing feels better than a soup to warm my body and soul. I could have fixed a potato soup, but I wanted something yummy and light on my stomach. Luckily I had a can left from those yummy italian tomatoes.
Though I really was looking forward eating this soup, my children were less than thrilled so I decided to fix some Panini for them.
Ingredients for a soup and Panini for 4 people;
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 sweet onion sliced and diced thinly
- 1 can of italian tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of basil chopped thinly
- 2 tbsp of brown sugar
- 2 cups of vegetable broth or more if you wish to make the soup thinner
- pepper and salt to taste
Ingredients for 6 Panini:
- 1 whole French bread sliced thinly
- 1 block of aged sharp cheddar grated
- 1 block of smoked gouda grated
- 1/4 cup of garlic minced from a can ( or fresh).
- In a large pot, warm up the olive oil and when the olive oil is hot, saute the onion until it is soft and translucent.
- Add the basil and saute it as well.
- Then add the diced tomatoes, sugar, pepper and broth and stir.
- Bring the mixture to boil and when it has, turn the heat down and cook for 15 minutes.
- Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
- While the soup is cooking, prepare the Paninis.
- Slice the bread very thinly.
- Spread some garlic paste over every other slice of bread, then sprinkle the mixture of cheese on that same bread. Sprinkle pepper.
- Place a slice of bread over the cheese and cook the panini either into a Panini press or onto a silpat for 5-8 minutes in a warm oven of 400.
- Repeat until you have cooked all the paninis.
- Serve warm with the tomato soup. Yum!!!!
Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!