There’s something special about being welcomed home by a warm bowl of homemade soup after a long cold day. It reminds me of the comfort I get from a family meal or arriving home from University just in time for one of my mum’s meals.

Whilst always enjoying ourselves in our ‘Uni’ lives, once in a while, we do get a little tug on the home ‘string’ and lets be honest, we miss it.

So, this recipe can’t ensure that you’ll be greeted by a lovely smelling lady in her nightgown, but I can assure you within forty-five minutes, you’ll feel like you’re home and you’ll feel proud of yourself for cooking such a ‘gourmet’ meal.

Recipe: Light and ‘Creamy’ Tomato Soup with Raisin Bread Grilled Cheese


  • . 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • . 1 large onion (chopped)
  • . 2 large fresh tomatoes (chopped)
  • . 1 can of cherry tomatoes
  • . 1 cup milk
  • . 3 teaspoons sugar or sweetener
  • . 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • . 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or any vinegar)
  • . 2 fresh basil leaves
  • . salt and pepper to taste
  • . olive oil
  • . a food processor or electric whisk
  • . 2 Pieces of bread (I used raisin)
  • . 3 tablespoons of grated mozzarella cheese (or the cheese of your choice)
  • . spreadable butter


  1. In a medium pot, start by sautéing the chopped garlic and onions in a tablespoon and a half of olive oil.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to soften the onions.
  3. Once the onions are soft and slightly browned (but not burnt!) add the fresh tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are soft and easily mashable add the can of tomatoes.
  4. Add the sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for about twenty minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture from the pot into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the milk and blend again.
  6. Pour the soup back in to the pot, add the basil leaves and let cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat up your toastie machine or prepare a very hot flat pan.
  8. Spread a thin layer of butter on both sides of both slices of bread.
  9. Place the cheese on one slice and cover with the over.
  10. Grill in toastie machine or place in pan and place a heavy plate on top of the sandwich to flatten it, when one side is browned turn it over.
  11. Season soup with salt and pepper if needed.
  12. Pour soup into bowl of your choice and serve grilled cheese on the side.
  13. Enjoy!

About The Author

I'm a twenty-two year old English student. I have dabbled in a little bit of acting and psychology, as well as drama therapy for children but my main passion is food and food journalism. If I can find some way to combine all of those ingredients into one recipe,it would be ideal. I have yet to find a match but will continue to enjoy my search.

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