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Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup with Herb & Swiss Panini

15 March 2009 3 Comments

cherry tomatoesI’m the only person at my house who will eat vegetables. Can you believe that? Both my boyfriend and his son are major veggiephobes – the son more than the father, but he is still pretty bad.

Surprisingly, they will both eat tomato soup. Mostly as something to dunk a grilled cheese sandwich in, naturally, but still. I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. If they’ll eat it, I’ll make it!

I’ve been looking for a good homemade tomato soup recipe for a while. I had tried out a few different ones, but nothing seemed to be just right. Recently I had seen a couple of different recipes that looked interesting – Tyler Florence’s Roasted Tomato Soup and OurBestBites.com’s Creamy Tomato Soup. Both had things that appealed to me, so I decided to take a few elements of each and see what happened.

We were pretty happy with the result. Even with winter / early spring tomatoes, it had a good tomato-y flavor, and the cheese made it rich and creamy. The only improvement I would make next time is to use my immersion blender a little more thoroughly to ensure a totally smooth soup.

We enjoyed this soup and accompanying crispy, cheesy panini over the weekend when it was cold and rainy – a perfect warm and filling rainy day meal.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup


  • 2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, mixed (I used cherry & Roma)
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 small onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 24 ounces chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped, or more to taste
  • 2 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Wash, core and cut the tomatoes into halves. Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves and onions onto a baking tray. Coat tops with olive oil cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until caramelized.

Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven and transfer to a large stock pot. Add chicken stock, bay leaves, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.

Add basil leaves and Neufchatel cheese to the pot and stir until cheese is melted and incorporated. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Herb & Swiss Panini

Serves 4

Herb & Swiss Panini


  • 2 Whole wheat hoagie rolls each cut into two and sliced in half
  • 4 wedges Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb Cheese (or other herbed spreadable cheese)
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese sliced thin
  • 4 sprigs Fresh thyme leaves or more to taste
  • Cooking spray


Spread half a wedge of Laughing cow cheese on each piece of bread.

Layer 1 ounce of Swiss cheese into each sandwich, then sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.

Close sandwiches and spray both sides with cooking spray.

Heat panini grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill sandwiches until crispy and golden brown, and cheese is melted. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and serve.


Nutritional Info calculated with BigOven Recipe Software

Tomato Soup Herb & Swiss Panini
Calories: 173 Calories: 227
Fat: 6g, Sat Fat: 3g Fat: 11g, Sat Fat: 6g
Fiber: 4g Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 1g Sugars: 3g
Protein: 12g Protein: 15g

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  • Simone (junglefrog) said:

    This looks lovely! What is it with man anyway and their veggie fobia?? Mine has a mild case of that as well… Weird… :)
    I had a quick look around your blog and your photo skills are really not as bad a you say they are! I think you’ll do just fine on the SLW remake… Just give it a go!

    Simone (junglefrog)’s last blog post..SLW photo remake # 2

  • Digigirl said:

    I don’t know what it is with boys. I’m blaming it on Texas, at least for the ones at my house!

    Thanks for the kind words. I seem to be pretty hit and miss with the pictures. Some turn out very well (like the tomatoes at the top of this page) and others, well, not so much. If I can figure out a way to improve the lighting situation, I may still give the remake a try!

  • Tuna Melt Panino said:

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