You know how when you’re pregnant you make lots of easy meals, because hey, you’re tired and you feel icky and it’s what you do? And then you have the baby, and you make lots of easy meals, because hey, you’re tired and you’ve got a baby and (in my case) three other children, and it’s what you do? And THEN your baby is teething, and you make easy meals, because OH, the fussy evening baby, and then one day you think–if I make one more of these easy meals we’ve been having for the last two years, I’m going to SCREAM?
The problem, of course, is that my baby is still teething, and so I still need easy meals; I’ve just gone out in search of a new crop of them. And THAT, my friends, is why we had this Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake for dinner last night. I was in the mood to try something not only new, but different. And it was.
Now, if you ask me, it was also weirdly delicious. My picky second girlie and my cantankerous 3-year-old (the one that announced on his way to the table tonight, “I don’t like dinner, I don’t want dinner, I want lunch”) both liked it as well, which was also weird; neither of them is known for loving new recipes. My hubby said it was okay, but he doesn’t really care for tomato soup (you do have to be okay with tomato soup to like it). My oldest girlie, on the other hand–the one who generally LOVES to try new things–HATED it. It’s true that she started out the meal in a bad mood, but still. She thought it tasted too much like ketchup, and she doesn’t like ketchup, and there it was. I can’t remember the last time she put up such a fuss about dinner.
Assuming, however, that you’re okay with tomato soup (it doesn’t have to be your favorite thing ever, mind), you should totally try this recipe. (With Campbell’s, by the way. I used a can of Campbell’s and a can of Western Family and tasted them both, and there was a noticeable difference.) The bread is actually more chewy and toasty on top than soggy, if that’s a concern, and the butter and the cheeses are lovely. The thing that really made it amazing for me, however, was the bread. The recipe says sourdough, but as much as I want to, I just don’t like sourdough. I’ve tried, and it’s really just not for me. I went to Costco on Monday, however, and while there I spotted the two-pack of roasted garlic and Parmesan bread, and I thought–hey, that could be really, really good in that recipe.
I was not disappointed.
Try the recipe–with Campbell’s–and use the roasted garlic and Parmesan bread if you can possibly find it. I’m telling you–weirdly delicious.