Ultimate Fighting Champion: Comfort Food Edition

Feeling sick? Have a headache? Bummed out that it’s only Wednesday when you thought it was Thursday? I’ve got a solution for you: grilled cheese!

Even a casual reader of this blog will know that I love comfort food (as evidenced here and here and here). I try to limit how often I need to be comforted, though, because it’s not the healthiest habit. But last night, for a variety of reasons, dinner consisted of one of the best meals – grilled cheese and tomato soup. This is an awesomely simple and delicious dish, that always brings you back to when you were a kid.

grilled cheese and tomato soup

Homemade Tomato Soup (note: I cheated and used store-bought this time…)

Ingredients:

4 cups chopped tomatoes

1 slide onion

4 whole cloves

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

white sugar (to taste)

1. In a pot, bring to a boil the tomatoes, onion, cloves and broth. Boil for about 20 minutes, then pour out into another pot through a strainer (to capture those whole pieces)

2. In the empty pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until the mixture is medium brown. Gradually whisk in bits of the tomato mixture, stirring to ensure no lumps form. Season to taste with sugar and salt.

Grilled Cheese: there’s no real trick to this – butter both sides of each piece of bread and use your favourite cheese for optimal yumminess. If you need an extra kick of comfort, add some freshly fried bacon to your sandwich.

So, if anything ever ails you, try this cure-all. I promise you won’t be disappointed – grilled cheese + tomato soup takes the cake!

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