Noah got sick and had to stay home from work one day and for lunch he made his signature sandwich: Grilled Cheese with pepperoncinis. My very first pre-school would always serve grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for those who forgot their lunches. I fell into that category quite often (not entirely sure if it was my or my mom’s fault) and as a result, whenever I eat a grilled cheese sandwich for a meal, I feel the need to accompany it with tomato soup. So, while Noah prepped the sandwiches, I made my first home-made tomato soup – all with ingredients we already had in our kitchen!

Homemade Tomato Soup


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in milk and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in tomato puree and sugar. Mix well, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

Add basil, salt and pepper and simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Noah’s Grilled Sandwiches

TJ’s Soft 10-Grain sandwich bread
Extra Sharp White Cheddar
Jarred Pepperoncinis

Arrange ingredients like this:

Place in frying pan like so (top with one more piece of bread):

You can also use a sandwich press (if you have one) to make this. Noah uses the press from our cast-iron griddle pan.

Finished Products – A Noah Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup!

(my grilled cheese comes w/o pepperoncinis)