The often under-appreciated sandwich comes in many shapes and sizes, textures and tastes yet is always delightfully simple and pairs wonderfully with a good soup. Simple and comforting, this combo is ideal for getting the kids involved in meal preparation and for enjoying some quality family time. With the proper planning, you can enjoy this meal while watching a movie.
Try these two easy-to-make, delicious duos and transform the demanding weeknight routine into something easy and fun.
Tomato alphabet soup & grilled cheese
So easy to put together, this classic comfort food is always well received and adds to the cozy family atmosphere at the end of a long day.
- 1 can diced tomatoes (796 ml)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- Olive oil
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cans Campbell-style tomato soup (284 ml)
- 1/2 cup alphabet pasta
In a large pot, sauté the onion in oil. Add the can of diced tomatoes, undrained. Stir well and add the stock and the cans of tomato soup. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta and continue cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pepper to taste.
It’s easy: use your choice of sliced bread, one or more of your favourite cheeses, and a bit of butter. Whether you use a skillet or a panini press, make sure the cheese is melted and the bread nicely grilled!
*** psst, I like to dip it in my soup!
Cream of broccoli soup & smoked turkey sandwich
Photo credit: Femme actuelle
What better way to get your kids to eat their vitamin-rich broccoli? This velvety soup is a treat for the taste buds!
- 2 cups chopped broccoli
- 1 medium potato, diced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup table cream
- Salt and pepper
In a pot, bring the water to a boil and add the potato and broccoli. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes. In a skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the pot and add the chicken stock. Purée the mixture using a hand-held blender or food processor. Return the soup to the pot, season to taste and add the celery salt. Bring to a boil. Turn off the element and add the cream. Serve it while it’s hot!
Ciabatta-style bread. Smoked turkey. A bit of whole-grain or regular mustard. Caramelized onions. A thick slice of grilled halloumi cheese. A crisp lettuce leaf.
A winning duo for a comfort meal
The soup and sandwich combo can easily become the ideal comfort meal. You will be well warm, despite the cold that settles quietly, with the winter coming too soon!
Because comfort starts on your plate.