Cream of Tomato Soup with Havarti and Proscuitto Grilled Cheese

It’s kinda gross here in the mitten. It’s soggy and rainy. The sky should probably be filled with magical and thoughtful snowflakes. The kind that don’t interfere with driving and sure don’t make the sidewalk slippery when wearing high heels. This snow is more of an ambiance thing that induces the need to watch Love Actually and make a warm cozy dinner.


You should probably eat this soup in a room lit only with Christmas lights. It tastes even better when you do. I promise.


Cream of Tomato Soup
Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse “BAM”


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 t tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 1/2 t balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 T chopped fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven at medium high heat. When hot, add onions and carrots and saute stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and the carrots are soft (4 to 5 minutes). Add garlic to the pan and saute for about 30 seconds, or until it smells delicious. Add tomato paste and the large can of tomatoes and stir until evenly combined. Bring to a boil. Add chicken broth and salt and pepper. Reduce to a simmer, and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the soup from the heat and puree in a blender in batches until smooth. Return the soup to the heat and add the balsamic vinegar and heavy cream. Cook for 5 minutes, stir in basil and serve immediately with a grilled cheese.

Havarti and Proscuitto Grilled Cheese

Ingredients (for 2):

  • 4 slices havarti cheese
  • 2 t basil pesto¬†proscuitto
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 slices proscuitto
  • 2 t butter


  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. On the opposite side of 2 slices spread a teaspoon of pesto, top with 2 slices of prosciutto and two slices of havarti. Cook in a frying pan butter side down, until cheese is melted. Flip once when cheese is melty, until both sides are crispy and delish.

Dunk that sandwich!
Eat that soup!
Watch Love Actually!

2 thoughts on “Cream of Tomato Soup with Havarti and Proscuitto Grilled Cheese”

  1. Please tell me you are going to make a cookbook…your dialog makes me smile every time and your recipes make me want to move in next door to you so I can sample your amazing culinary skills daily.

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