Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

So my inspiration for this recipe came from here ,  but then I started reading the recipe and I just went with it and did it my own way. But I can’t take full credit for it, as I got the idea from someone else’s recipe…

INGREDIENTS:

For the soup:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
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1 28 oz can whole tomatoes and 1 35 oz can whole tomatoes
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1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt and black pepper
1-2 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp of dried basil
1/2 a cup of heavy whipping cream

For the grilled cheese:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
4 slices bread
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6 slices Sargento Colby-Jack cheese, or other semi-firm cheese

Prepare the soup:
start by preheating dutch oven with olive oil to medium high heat
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Add onions
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saute till translucent and then add garlic
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saute until you smell garlic
then add bell peppers
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then add canned tomatoes
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then add in Red Pepper flakes
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Sugar, salt and pepper
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Then add in 1 cup of Vegtable broth to thin soup a little
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Then add in 1 Tbsp of dried basil
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then add in 1/2 a cup of heavy whipping cream
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Stir
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Purée the soup either with an immersion blender or, in batches, in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.

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While soup is simmering you can Prepare the grilled cheese:

Preheat the Panini grill to medium-high heat.

Mix olive oil and herbs together in a small bowl. Brush herb olive oil on each slice of bread. Turn two of the bread slices over; add three slices of cheese to each slice of bread (Or more) Close each sandwich with another slice of bread, Olive oil side up.
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Grill the Panini
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for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Transfer the Panini from the grill to a cutting board. cut up each sandwich into desired pieces. (for Normy I cut his in half and for mine I cute them in strips.

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