Caprese Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Basil Bisque

DSC_0004Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Basil Bisque

There’s not much I love better  than a good grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of tomato soup. It was a childhood favorite of mine that now I make a little more grown up. No more of that canned soup, oh and of course we’re using vegan cheese now.

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

DSC_0007Foxy Moxy, Basil and Tomato on Seeded Multi-Grain Bread

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • 1 Recipe of my homemade fresh and fast vegan Foxy Moxy Cheese
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Seeded Multi-Grain Bread (or bread of choice, use GF for GF peeps)
  • Vegan Butter or Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Method: Preheat your grilling pan over medium heat. Butter the bread slices with vegan butter or a brushing of olive oil, slather the interior with a hefty spread of Foxy Moxy, layer with the tomatoes and basil and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side.

DSC_0002Gooey Deliciousness

DSC_0006Vegan Tomato Basil Bisque

Vegan Tomato Basil Bisque

  • 1 Spanish Onion, finely diced
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 T. olive oil (optional)
  • One 28 oz can of quality Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 C. good vegetable stock ( I use this one)
  • 1/4 C. dry sherry (optional)
  • 1/2 C. Cashews (soaked for 4-6 hours if you don’t have a power blender)
  • 1 C. water
  • 1/4 C. fresh chopped Basil
  • 1 t. agave or pure maple syrup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method: In your soup pot heat olive oil (or use vegetable broth if you are oil free) over medium high heat. Add the Spanish onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic cloves and saute for a minute or two more. Add the crushed tomatoes, the vegetable broth, dry sherry and the agave or pure maple syrup. Put on the lid and reduce heat to a simmer. While the soup is simmering, blend the cashews with the water until completely smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Pour into the soup pot, add the fresh basil, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

DSC_0003You’d be hard pressed to find a better lunch!

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45 responses to “Caprese Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Basil Bisque

  1. How did I not know it was grilled cheese sandwich day? Ive gotta get me a vegan grilled cheese sammich! (this looks lovely by the way!)

  2. Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day to you too! :)

  3. OMG I am totally going to be making this! What bread brand do you use? That is a hard one to think about when going vegan…

  4. Deanne ODonnell

    This looks just amazing Somer. Still getting trying to survive the loss of my girl Gypsy. It’s been terribly difficult. Been looking to save a youngster that doesn’t have cat issues and not need a rescue but it is nearly impossible and my love has no where to go but suffer on. Your faithful follower, Deanne

    “If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages* or animals in shelters” *Isak Dinesen author of OUT OF AFRICA “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

    Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:43:57 +0000 To:

  5. Oh my gawwwddddd girl!!! That looks absolutely amazing!!!! I’m drooling! xox

  6. Can I use date syrup in place of 1 t. agave or pure maple syrup?

  7. Okay now you’re hitting below the belt, missy. I want to be eating this in your kitchen with you TODAY. :-(

  8. Gimme, gimme, GIMMEE!!! :)

  9. Fantastic, Somer – I do love a good sammich :D

  10. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Ms. Somer, you’re going to mess around and make me Vegan. Thank you for this recipe.

  11. Marsha

    I LOVE tomato bisque soup and will be making your recipe. But, where do I get a ‘Spanish’ onion? Never heard of that. All I have available to me are white, yellow or red onions.

    • Oh! Sorry, spanish onions are the same as red onions. They give this recipe more depth, but feel free to use whatever onion you have on hand.

  12. Holy Cow this looks incredible! I love caprese anything and summer is right around the corner, I cannot wait for garden fresh tomatoes!!

  13. The Caprese! One of my most favorite types of sammies! I actually had one on the island of Capri (where they originated). It was awesome. Lovin’ this compassionate version even more!

    I stopped getting email notifications from you. Just signed up again so hopefully that works! :-)

    • Yeah! It is so good! I love that you ate one on the Island of Capri! I can imagine how good it was. I love this compassionate version as well!

      No worries about the notifications, I just figured you’d been busy! I have family in town and I’m way behind on my reading.

  14. The soup looks so delicious Somer! I have a tomato bisque recipe as well but I make mine fairly different. I love that you added so much basil, yum!!

  15. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I had a few too many wines last night and this should sort me out……. now I just need to find someone to make and deliver it to me!!!!

  16. Ohhh I loved the grilled cheese sandwich & tomato soup combo when I was growing up! Back then it was tinned tomato soup from concentrate, though (ewwww!). Thankfully I’m an adult now (*ahem*) and get to play with your recipe – WHOOHOO! Love the inclusion of cashews for creaminess, NOM.
    Someone told me it was Grilled Cheese Sandwich day yesterday and I didn’t believe them! haha, brilliant!

  17. The Femmetastic Feminist

    Looks so delicious!! I’m really hungry now…

  18. That looks amazing.. I love grilled cheese and tomato soup. If it weren’t for that combo, I may not have gotten any food into myself during my last pregnancy.

  19. biggsis

    Oh that soup sounds great! Tomato soup and grilled cheese is indeed a winning combo and yours sounds (and looks) delicious. Just got some Pomona’s Pectin in – you’ve given the motivation to make some vegan cheese!

  20. Oh, that looks so fabulous! For many years grilled cheese & tomato soup was one of my go-to favorite comfort meals. This all-vegan version sounds a world better!

  21. Eat to His Glory

    This looks glorious! I’m hungry..

  22. I want thiiiissss for diiinnnnneeeerrrrr. <– does that sound like whining? I'm sorry, I'm whining. ;)

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